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Fossil Plants: a Text-book for Students of Botany and Geology

Nature volume 100, page 303 (20 December 1917) | Download Citation



IN the present instalment of Prof. Seward's well-known text-book on fossil plants the interest of the subject may rightly be said to culminate. For this volume deals exclusively with the groups of fossil gymnospermous plants, and here between its covers the reader will find spread out for the first time in full and proper perspective the significant discoveries and results of the last fifteen years. The fossil Gymnosperms include the great central groups of seed-plants, and of these one-third of the book is devoted to a consideration of the Pteridosperms and their attendant Cycadofilices, another to the Cycadophyta, whilst the rest is divided between the Cordaiteae and a long chapter on fossil seeds. This last feature is a most useful digest of a complicated mass of literature and is a service that will be generally appreciated.

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