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Evidence of land plant affinity for the Devonian fossil Protosalvinia (Foerstia)

Lethaia
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Abstract

The Devonian plant fossil Protosalvinia (Foerstia) has been examined by solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (PY-GC-MS). Results of these studies reveal that the chemical structure of Protosalvinia is remarkably similar to that of coalified wood. A well-defined phenolic carbon peak in the NMR spectra and the appearance of phenol and alkylated phenols in pyrolysis products are clearly indicative of lignin-like compounds. These data represent significant new information on the chemical nature of Protosalvinia and provide the first substantial organic geochemical evidence for land plant affinity. -Authors

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Evidence of land plant affinity for the Devonian fossil Protosalvinia (Foerstia)
Series title Lethaia
Volume 21
Issue 4
Year Published 1988
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Lethaia
First page 417
Last page 423
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