Current profile and perspectives of Paleobotany in Mexico

  • Reinhard Weber Departamento de Paleontología, Instituto de Geología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Sergio R. S. Cevallos-Ferriz Departamento de Paleontología, Instituto de Geología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Abstract

As n interdisciplinar science, paleobotany-deals with geology and botany. The number of outcrops with fossil plants, in a wide sense, in Mexico surpasses significantly the number -insufficient - of paleobotanist in the country. Following a stratigraphic sequence seven Mexican fossil floras are characterized underlying their research and problematic status. These floras correspond to those of the Matzitzi (Permian) and Santa Clara (Late Triassic) Formations, the Consuelo (Middle Jurassic) Group, the Cerro del Pueblo and Olmos (Late Cretaceous) Formations, and the Ahuehuetes locality and El Cien Formation (Tertiary). Paleobotany has no substitute for the complete understanding of plants, their evolutionary history and extinctions. It gives information about diversity, distribution and interactions that override results obtained on extrapolations based on observations of extant plants and ecosystems. Mexico has a great potential and peculiar geographic location to contribute important paleobotanical information essential for the large synthesis of plant history at a world-wide level.

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Current profile and perspectives of Paleobotany in Mexico
Published
1994-12-15
How to Cite
Weber, R., & Cevallos-Ferriz, S. R. S. (1994). Current profile and perspectives of Paleobotany in Mexico. Botanical Sciences, (55), 141 - 148. https://doi.org/10.17129/botsci.1458
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