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The Devonian Period: a time of major plant diversification: a symposium in honor of Patricia G. Gensel and her contributions to Devonian paleobotany.

Taylor, Wilson [1], Pigg, Kathleen [2].

The Devonian Period: a time of major plant diversification .

The land surface of earth changed dramatically during the 56 million-year span of the Devonian Period. From a turf-like surface of extremely simple "Lilliputian" plants at its outset, three of the four major groups of embryophytes evolved to fully developed tall forests by its conclusion. This symposium will include recent developments in studies that span the earliest to latest Devonian, and will include contributions from internationally known colleagues using novel approaches to understanding the expanding biodiversity within the Devonian. Topics will include: biophysical aspects of evolving plant form; evolutionary/developmental study of extant and early land plants; insights into the innovation of reproductive systems based on the study of plant spores; and detailed analysis and description of the earliest fossil forests. The symposium is proposed to honor Dr. Patricia G. Gensel who will participate by summarizing her own distinguished contributions, and highlighting current directions of the continuing study of Devonian fossil plants.

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1 - UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - EAU CLAIRE, DEPT OF BIOLOGY-PHILLIPS HALL, 105 Garfield Avenue, P.O. Box 4004, EAU CLAIRE, WI, 54702-4004, USA, 715/836-3176
2 - Arizona State University, SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES FACULTY & ADMIN, BOX 874501, Tempe, AZ, 85287-4501, USA, 480/965-3154

early land plants.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY10
Location: Prince of Wales/Riverside Hilton
Date: Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Time: 8:10 AM
Number: SY10SUM
Abstract ID:5
Candidate for Awards:None

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