Fossil Pollen of Metasequoia Type

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RECENTLY, by the kindness of Mr. Orr, of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, I was able to make preparations of the pollen of Metasequoia glyptostroboides, the 'living fossil' discovered in China a few years ago. On examining this pollen, I was at once reminded of certain fossil grains observed in Tertiary coal from Mull, Scotland, which I had been unable to match to my complete satisfaction with the grains of any living conifer. They showed characters most suggestive of Glyptostrobus and Taxodium and, less closely, of Sequoia.

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SIMPSON, J. Fossil Pollen of Metasequoia Type. Nature 163, 771–772 (1949) doi:10.1038/163771a0

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