Discovery of bald cypress fossil leaves at the Gray Fossil Site, Tennessee and their ecological significance.
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Yusheng (Christopher) Liu
Thesis Professor Department
Steven Wallace, Laraine Powers
This study focuses on fossil Taxodium leaves found at the Gray Fossil Site in northeastern Tennessee where many 7-4.5 million year old plants and animals have been recovered. Identification of the leaves is based on comparison of leaf morphology and confirmed by leaf anatomy. The ecological implications of the fossil are discussed to understand the paleoecology and paleoclimate at the Gray site. It is concluded that the fossil plant along with many other plants lived by a large sinkhole lake under a little warmer-than-today’s climate condition.
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Brandon, Sara, "Discovery of bald cypress fossil leaves at the Gray Fossil Site, Tennessee and their ecological significance." (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 145. https://dc.etsu.edu/honors/145
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