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RE: Global Palaeo Floral Reconstructions

The only thing that would ever make this or any other project
like this unmanageable .. is our palaeo demon [lack of $$$$].

It would be more manageable to have this kind of project with
3 separate texts delineating the 3 main eras rather than 1 complete
text on the entire palaeozoic. I tend to like sets and it's easier
to create .. distribute .. and sell them.

> Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:39:50 +0100
> From: koreke77@yahoo.de
> Subject: RE: Global Palaeo Floral Reconstructions
> To: david@brainpets.com; jaseb@amnh.org; wdm1949@hotmail.com; dinosaur@usc.edu
> Might be easiest to work backwards in time. It's not clear from this part of 
> the conversation if the project isn't restricted to the Paleozoic, but if 
> not, one can extrapolate A LOT from extant flora back into the mid-Mesozoic. 
> Neogene flora is barely different from today in global composition (eg 
> Droseraceae were significantly more diverse in the past), the Paleogene had 
> already most of the extant taxonomic diversity but community structure was 
> different, while the Cretaceous is characterized by the eudicot radiation 
> (implying a very different flora that however already contained the main 
> lineages known today, eg you had basal Fabales but no legumes yet).
> This way, reconstructions will get progressively harder and more speculative, 
> but you'll always have something to work from (you'll have reconstructed the 
> descendents already, as there were), and if the *whole* project turns out to 
> be unmanageable/the workload too high, you will at least end up with 
> something substantial and highly useful.
> Regards,
> Eike
> --------------------------------------------
> dale mcinnes <wdm1949@hotmail.com> schrieb am Sa, 5.10.2013:
> Betreff: RE: Global Palaeo Floral Reconstructions
> An: "david@brainpets.com" <david@brainpets.com>, 
> jaseb@amnh.org@listproc.usc.edu
> Datum: Samstag, 5. Oktober, 2013 19:25 Uhr
> Sorry for the double. For an
> afterthought this should also be sent to the
> DML for comments.
> ----------------------------------------
>> From: wdm1949@hotmail.com
>> To: david@brainpets.com;
> jaseb@amnh.org
>> Subject: Global Palaeo Floral Reconstructions
>> Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2013 11:16:23 -0600
>> Do not include dinosaurs or any other animalia in it.
>> Keep it pure. Keep it floral.
>> Doing all the world's dinosaurs would be an easier
> topic.
>> And G. Paul worked most of his life just collecting
> the
>> appropriate material while simultaneously upgrading it
>> constantly.
>> Do you know what you're getting yourselves into here
> ??
>> Perhaps somebody has to do it eventually .. so it
> might
>> as well be you guys.
>> The black silhouettes should also have a scale as well
>> as growth series included. This is an absolute must if
>> proper palaeoenvironmental reconstructions are to be
>> visualized. Not everything is full-grown in any one
>> environment at any one time.
>> Did I fail to mention that you may have to include
> wet/
>> dry environmental reconstructions ??
>> With proper funding .. this would be a big bang project
> ..
>> possibly leading to a table top text on Palaeozoic
> flora
>> as well ??
>> Computer programs are definitely going to be needed
> here.
>> I believe several have already been developed waiting
> to
>> be exapted for such a project.