Flowers in Amber


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Flowers in Amber Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Springer International Publishing AG
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Pages: 215 Illustrations and other contents: 350 Tables, color; 1 Illustrations, black and white; XV, 215 p. 1 illus. Language: English ISBN: 9783031090431 Categories: , , , , , , , ,

While much attention has been given to animal life in amber, the remains of a variety of plants, including angiosperm flowers, also exist in fossilized resin. Presented here is a pictorial synopsis of 94 flowers that occur in four major amber deposits around the world. These deposits are from Burma (Myanmar), the Baltic area, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and range in age from the mid-Cretaceous to the mid-Tertiary. The basic features of these flowers are presented and their relationship with existing plant lineages discussed. This work will be of interest to amber enthusiasts, plant taxonomists, plant morphologists, plant ecologists, plant evolutionists and plant paleontologists.

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Author Biography

George Poinar has studied amber for many years and he and his wife Roberta founded "The Amber Institute" that provided information and identifications of amber inclusions. The Institute was closed after the Poinars left UC Berkeley and went to Oregon State University. A paper written by the Poinars showed Michel Crichton a way to bring back dinosaurs in his book "Jurassic Park". After studying animals in amber, Poinar and his colleagues began investigating flowers. The descriptions of all amber flowers, including those of the trees that produced Dominican and Mexican amber, are summarized in the present work.