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Kurzawe F.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Iannuzzi R.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Merlotti S.,Federal University of Santa Catarina | Rossler R.,Museum fur Naturkunde Chemnitz | Noll R.,In den Birkengarten 30
Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology | Year: 2013

The Permian permineralized flora of the Parnaíba Basin, NE Brazil, has been studied since 1872, when the first fossil fern was described from this region. Since then, many fossil pteridophytes have been collected and studied; however, the gymnosperms are still little known. The present contribution focuses on the study of gymnospermous woods from the Motuca Formation. This study presents four new taxa of which three are formally described: Ductoabietoxylon solis gen. et sp. nov., Scleroabietoxylon chordas gen. et sp. nov., Parnaiboxylon rohnae gen. et sp. nov. and Parnaiboxylon sp. 1. The first two genera share an outstanding feature: the presence of abietinoid pitting, a rare characteristic among fossil woods, and a derived stage in the evolution of xylem rays. The presence of several new genera and species in the lowermost Motuca Formation reveals the richness and importance of this area for paleobotanical studies. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. Source

Rossler R.,DAStietz | Noll R.,In den Birkengarten 30
International Journal of Coal Geology | Year: 2010

Sizable permineralized calamitean trunks from the Permian petrified forest of Chemnitz, Germany, enabled us to recognize two different branching patterns and wood anatomies for material currently classified as Arthropitys bistriata. This resulted in re-evaluation of the generitype of the widely distributed organ genus Arthropitys Goeppert 1864. As a result, a mosaic of anatomical and morphological characteristics has been recognized that permit A. bistriata to be characterized in much more detail than previously possible. The first type of calamite previously included in A. bistriata is characterized by whorls of branches at every 5th to 9th node and simple scalariform thickenings in tracheid walls of the secondary xylem. Additionally it shows irregularly positioned woody adventitious shoots that also carried whorls of leafy branches. The second type shows reticulated thickenings and multiseriate pitting in secondary xylem tracheid walls and regular branching at every node. Branches alternate in successive nodes and, therefore, lie on the top of each other at every second node. Comparison with the type material suggests the two calamite forms need to be split taxonomically as follows. The first type of calamite is regarded as A. bistriata and emended herein, the second type is separated and introduced as Arthropitys sterzelii sp. nov. The secondary tissues of both species are characterized by a high portion of parenchyma (around 45%). Sometimes irregular growth rings were recognized that may reflect some kind of seasonality and/or environmental influence. We suspect the leafy branches, which were free of any secondary growth in both species, were probably grown and abscised seasonally. Comparisons are made with both different calamitean species and other preservational forms. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. Source

Tavares T.M.V.,Claro | Rohn R.,Claro | Roler R.,DAStietz | Noll R.,In den Birkengarten 30
Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology | Year: 2014

This study concerns silicified fertile pecopterid pinnae from the Permian of the Parnaíba Basin, State of Tocantins, northern Brazil, attributed to a new fern taxon of Marattiales, Buritiranopteris costata gen. nov. et sp. nov. This fern bears groups of three or four sporangia radially arranged in closely spaced synangia, as in some species of Scolecopteris and Acitheca, but they are completely enclosed in thick and long down-curved foliar lobes. This morphology may represent a xeromorphic adaptation against long seasonal drought and direct solar irradiation. These pinnae obviously belonged to one of the abundant marattialean tree ferns, most probably Tietea, which were apparently successful as riparian vegetation of ephemeral rivers. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. Source

Neregato R.,Claro | Rossler R.,DAStietz | Rohn R.,Claro | Noll R.,In den Birkengarten 30
Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology | Year: 2015

New sphenophyte stems from the Permian of the Parnaíba Basin (central-north Brazil) are described in detail and assigned to Arthropitys, a genus that was recognised from the Euramerican and Cathaysian floristic provinces. The fossil material is reported from the Permian Motuca Formation in northern Tocantins and was discovered in fluvial deposits, which originated under seasonal conditions in a widely distributed alluvial plain environment. The silica-petrified specimens are three-dimensionally preserved and provide considerable information on histological and developmental details not previously observed in the genus. The stems show very regular branch traces, attached branches or basal branching stumps. Based on their anatomical and morphological characteristics two new species are described: Arthropitys isoramis sp. nov. and Arthropitys iannuzzii sp. nov. One specimen of A. isoramis sp. nov. shows several woody roots attached to the basal region of the stem. This record differs radically from traditional and largely generalised reconstructions of calamitaleans, which are largely understood as rhizomatous trees based on inferences with extant Equisetum. The new sizable finds underline the high potential of northern Tocantins as a widely extended fossil lagerstätte that significantly enlarges our understanding of extinct low-latitude Southern Hemisphere floral communities. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. Source

Rossler R.,DAStietz | Feng Z.,DAStietz | Feng Z.,Yunnan University | Noll R.,In den Birkengarten 30
Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology | Year: 2012

The largest petrified calamite is reported from the Early Permian fossil forest of Chemnitz, Germany. For the first time a sizable specimen of Arthropitys bistriata permits insights into both the internal anatomical structure and the spatial architecture of the complex branching system. The arboreal woody plant is characterized by a height of more than 10. m and at least three orders of axes which formed a large crown. Ontogenetic analyses of the main stem and the various branches of the plant demonstrate that most of the morphological and anatomical features that have been previously recognized as important inter-specific distinctions exhibit a considerable variability. Spheroid to elongate ovoid coprolites have been recognized in the pith cavity of one woody branch ranging from 1.4-2.8 × 2-5.8. mm in diameter. Semi- or undigested fragments of tracheids in the coprolites are identical with those of the parent plant and indicate their histologically pristine nature. According to the coprolite size and fossil records of detritivorous animals, we tentatively suggest that these coprolites were produced by specialized ancient myriapods. Growth rings are densely developed in the peripheral portion of the trunk in particular. As well as climatic cyclicity, they suggest that volcanism-induced environment turbulences become more serious and frequent, and finally buried the whole ecosystem in situ. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. Source

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