Premise of the study: The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is a major center of plant diversity and endemism, but little is known about how this developed due to the region's very scarce paleobotanical record. The silverberry genus Elaeagnus (Elaeagnaceae) reaches its greatest diversity (54 species) and endemism (36 species) in this area. Fossil Elaeagnaceae could provide significant evidence for the phylogeny and biogeography of the family and contribute primary data regarding the evolution of the unique Qinghai-Tibet Plateau flora in its dramatic setting of tectonic and climatic change.
; SOUTHWESTERN CHINA
; CENOZOIC TECTONICS
; WINTER MONSOON
; SURFACE UPLIFT
; FOSSIL WOODS
1.Chinese Acad Sci, Xishuangbanna Trop Bot Garden, Key Lab Trop Forest Ecol, Mengla 666303, Peoples R China 2.Penn State Univ, Dept Geosci, University Pk, PA 16802 USA 3.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China 4.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Key Lab Plant Divers & Biogeog East Asia, Kunming 650204, Peoples R China
Su,Tao;Wilf,Peter;Xu,He;Zhou,Zhe-Kun.MIOCENE LEAVES OF ELAEAGNUS (ELAEAGNACEAE) FROM THE QINGHAI-TIBET PLATEAU, ITS MODERN CENTER OF DIVERSITY AND ENDEMISM,AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY,2014,101(8):1350-1361