Paleobotanical Implications of Drifted Seeds and Fruits from Modern Mangrove Litter, Twin Cays, Belize

Burnham, R.J. (1990) Paleobotanical Implications of Drifted Seeds and Fruits from Modern Mangrove Litter, Twin Cays, Belize. Palaios, 5 (4). pp. 364-370.

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    Abstract

    Fruits and seeds were quantitatively sampled from litter at two sites on a mangrove island off the coast of Belize. The collections indicate that a significant number of species are drifted to the island by the prevailing currents and have the potential to record the major elements of the nearby mainland coastal and streamside flora. There is almost no overlap between the drifted fruit and seed flora and the flora growing on the island, whereas the leaf litter reflects the island flora both qualitatively and quantitatively with a reasonable degree of accuracy. These observations indicate that approaches to paleoecological and paleofloristic reconstruction of ancient floras based on accumulation of organic remains can differ substantially depending on the organ type studied. Studies which can take advantage of both vegetative and reproductive fossil remains with an appropriate methodology for sampling and analyzing the data can provide information on ancient environments at more than one special scale.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Publisher: Society for Sedimentary Geology
      Keywords: Paleobotanical, seeds, fruits, mangrove litter
      Subjects: (A) Biodiversity > (AH) Plants
      (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBE) Mangroves
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 15:07
      Last Modified: 25 Jan 2011 15:07
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1242

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