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Late Leonardian plants from West Texas: The youngest Paleozoic plant megafossils in North America

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Abstract

Abundant Permian plant megafossils were discovered in the Del Norte Mountains of Brewster County, Trans-Pecos Texas. The flora is dominated by a new and distinctive type of gigantopteroid leaves. Marine invertebrates are closely associated, and this admixture of continental and marine fossils indicates a deltaic depositional setting, probably on the southern margin of the Permian Basin. Conodonts indicate correlation with the uppermost Leonardian Road Canyon Formation in the Glass Mountains. These are the youngest Paleozoic plant megafossils known in North America; they add an important paleontological element to the classic Permian area of this Continent.

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Title:
Late Leonardian plants from West Texas: The youngest Paleozoic plant megafossils in North America
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Science
Volume
223
Issue:
4633
Year Published:
1984
Language:
English
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First page:
279
Last page:
281