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Taphonomy in General
Plant Fossil Preservation and Plant Taphonomy
Abscission and Tissue Separation in Fossil and Extant Plants
Pith Cast and "in situ" Preservation
Three-Dimensionally Preserved Plant Compression Fossils
Permineralized Plants and the Process of Permineralization
Petrified Forests
Bacterial Biofilms (Microbial Mats)
Molecular Palaeobotany
Pyrite Preservation
Upland and Hinterland Floras
Log Jams and Driftwood Accumulations
Leaf Litter and Plant Debris
Fungal Wood Decay: Evidence from the Fossil Record

! Leaf Size and Shape and the Reconstruction of Past Climates@
! Overviews of Plant Fossil Lagerstätten and Their Palaeoenvironments@
X-ray and Tomography@
Teaching Documents about Plant Anatomy@
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Collecting Bias: Our Incomplete Picture of the Past Vegetation

G.A. Astorga et al. (2016): Towards understanding the fossil record better: Insights from recently deposited plant macrofossils in a sclerophyll-dominated subalpine environment. Abstract, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 233: 1-11. See also here.

! R.J. Burnham (1993): Reconstructing Richness in the Plant Fossil Record. Abstract.

! R.J. Burnham (1989): Relationships between standing vegetation and leaf litter in a paratropical forest: implications for paleobotany. Abstract, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 58: 5-32. See also here (in PDF).

! David R. Greenwood, Environmental Science Program, Brandon University: The Taphonomy of Plant Macrofossils. Ch. 7, pp. 141-169, In, Donovan, S.K. (Ed.) The Processes of Fossilization. Belhaven Press, London, 303 pp.
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See also here (in PDF).

! E. Kustatscher et al. (2016): The Krasser collection in the Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, Prague: New insights into the Middle Jurassic flora of Sardinia. In PDF, Fossil Imprint, 72: 140-154. See also here.
See especially text-fig. 2: Diagram showing contrast between compositions of 3 collections.

A. Raymond and C. Metz (1995): Laurussian land-plant diversity during the Silurian and Devonian: mass extinction, sampling bias, or both? Abstrfact, Paleobiology, 21.

P.W. Signor and J.H. Lipps (1982): Sampling bias, gradual extinction patterns and catastrophes in the fossil record. Abstract, GSA Special Papers, 190: 291-296. See also here (in PDF).

S.M. Slater and C.H. Wellman (2015): A quantitative comparison of dispersed spore/pollen and plant megafossil assemblages from a Middle Jurassic plant bed from Yorkshire, UK. Abstract, Paleobiology, 41: 640–660. See also here and (in PDF).

D.M. Smith and J.D. Marcot (2015): The fossil record and macroevolutionary history of the beetles. Proc. R. Soc., B, 282. See also here (in PDF).

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