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A new find of the fossil Cyclosorus from the Eocene of South China and its paleoclimatic implication
- Naugolnykh, Serge V., Wang, Li, Han, Meng, Jin, Jian-Hua
- Journal of plant research 2016 v.129 no.1 pp. 3-12
- climatic factors, ferns and fern allies, fossils, leaves, new species, sporangia, spores, tropics, China
- The thelypteroid ferns are widely distributed across tropical regions around the world, but information about their fossil representatives is scarce. A new species, Cyclosorus scutum Naugolnykh, Wang, Han et Jin was discovered from the Eocene Changchang Formation of Hainan Island, South China, and is described on the basis of sterile and fertile leaves, sori, sporangia and spores preserved in situ. Discovery of this new species clearly shows that climatic conditions of that time in this area were humid, i.e. warm and wet.