Textbook of Paleobotany


THE publication of a short but comprehensive A text-book of palæobotany in English is a noteworthy event, for great progress has been made during the last forty years in our knowledge of fossil plants, and the discoveries of the latter half of this period must eventually revolutionize many widely accepted views on evolutionary morphology. The author, who is a member of the staff of Harvard, has all the enthusiasm of youth, and has produced a book which covers a very wide field of study. The subject is treated mainly from a phylogenetic point of view, the historical evidence relating to each of the main groups of plants being considered. A few chapters are devoted to a review of the floras of the great geological epochs and to more general topics. Each chapter is accompanied by a bibliography of the more important papers, mainly from recent publications. There is a large number of illustrations which add to the interest and value of the book. Many of them are reproductions of photographs of actual specimens, though these vary in quality.

Textbook of Paleobotany

By William C. Darrah. (Century Biological Series.) Pp. xii + 441. (New York and London: D. Appleton-Century Co., Inc., 1939.) 20s. net.

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THOMAS, H. Textbook of Paleobotany. Nature 144, 226–227 (1939). https://doi.org/10.1038/144226a0

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