A fossil fig from the Miocene of southwestern China: Indication of persistent deep time karst vegetation
Huang, Jian1; Su, Tao1,2,4; Jia, Lin-Bo3; Spicer, Teresa1; Zhou, Zhe-Kun1,3
2018-11-01
Source PublicationREVIEW OF PALAEOBOTANY AND PALYNOLOGY
ISSN0034-6667
Volume258Pages:133-145
Abstract

Foliage fossils of a fig, Ficus microtrivia J. Huang et Z. K. Zhou sp. nov. (Moraceae) is reported from early to middle Miocene lacustrine sediments in the Wenshan Basin, Yunnan, southwestern China. The leaf architecture and preserved exocrine veinlet glands on the fossils are irrefutable evidence for genus-level systematic assignment. Four venation patterns in the extant genus Ficus L are summarised and established, subgenus and species level comparisons of the fossils are applied according to this framework. The nearest living relative of the new fossil-species is Ficus trivia Corner of Subgen. Ficus, a species restricted to the karst shrub habitat in southern China and northern Vietnam. Together with other elements of the fossil assemblage, this species indicates that open, shrubby vegetation on limestone similar to that in the same region today, already existed in the early to middle Miocene. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

KeywordFig Ficus Miocene Leaf Architecture Karst Vegetation
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.kib.ac.cn/handle/151853/64322
Collection中国科学院东亚植物多样性与生物地理学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorZhou, Zhe-Kun
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Trop Forest Ecol, Xishuangbanna Trop Bot Garden, Mengla 666303, Yunnan, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Southeast Asia Biodivers Res Inst, Yezin 05282, Naypyitaw, Myanmar
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Key Lab Plant Divers & Biogeog East Asia, Kunming 650204, Yunnan, Peoples R China
4.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
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Huang, Jian,Su, Tao,Jia, Lin-Bo,et al. A fossil fig from the Miocene of southwestern China: Indication of persistent deep time karst vegetation[J]. REVIEW OF PALAEOBOTANY AND PALYNOLOGY,2018,258:133-145.
APA Huang, Jian,Su, Tao,Jia, Lin-Bo,Spicer, Teresa,&Zhou, Zhe-Kun.(2018).A fossil fig from the Miocene of southwestern China: Indication of persistent deep time karst vegetation.REVIEW OF PALAEOBOTANY AND PALYNOLOGY,258,133-145.
MLA Huang, Jian,et al."A fossil fig from the Miocene of southwestern China: Indication of persistent deep time karst vegetation".REVIEW OF PALAEOBOTANY AND PALYNOLOGY 258(2018):133-145.
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