Week 1

Perspectives on Late Twentieth Century Paleontological Research Plant

Lecture Notes

Taphonomy: Physiological, Necrological, and Traumatic processes

Lecture Notes

Week 2

Taphonomy: Biogeochemical Processes of Plant Fossilization and Preservational Modes

Lecture Notes

Biostratinomic Processes in Volcaniclastic, Fluvial-Lacustrine, and Coastal Deltaic Terrains

VolcaniclasticLecture Notes

Fluvial-LacustrineLecture Notes

Coastal-DeltaicLecture Notes

Week 3

Biostratinomic Processes in Peat Accumulating and the Nearshore Marine Realm

Peat and CoalLecture Notes

Marginal MarineLecture Notes

Systematics and Evolutionary Processes in the Plant Kingdom

Lecture Notes

Week 4

Monerans and Protoctists; Evolution and Diversification of PreCambrian Life

Lecture Notes

Evolutionary Trends in Non-Vascular Plants: Priming for Land Conquest

Lecture Notes

Week 5

Mid-Paleophytic Evidence for the Acquisition of Land Habit and Tracheophyte Emergence

Lecture Notes

Evolution of Vegetational Tiering and Canopy Diversification

Lecture Notes

Consult the ONLINE Biology Textbook for a review of Plant Anatomy if necessary.

Week 6

The Appearance of Forests and Adaptive Characters for Stressed Environments

Lecture Notes

The Permo-Carboniferous: Diversification Responses to Times of Icehouse-Greenhouse

Lecture Notes

Week 7

Early Mesophytic Global Diversification: A New Fasçade for an Era

Lecture Notes on the "Players"

Lecture Notes on Landscape Vegetation

Week 8

The Cenophytic and the Evolution of Angiospermy: Hypotheses and Conjecture

Lecture Notes

Angiosperm Radiations & Evidence for a Late Cretaceous Terrestrial Extinction Event

Lecture Notes

Week 9

Fossil Plant Remains as Paleoclimatic Indicators

Lecture Notes

Tertiary Community Distribution in Response to Global Climatic Trends

Lecture Notes


Broadhead, T.W. ed. 1986. Land Plants: Notes for a Short Course. University of Tennessee Department of Geological Sciences Studies in Geology 15:1-212.

Gastaldo, R.A. 1983. Paleobotany Lab Manual: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Auburn University Printing Service. 124p.


All materials are available in the Haley Center Laboratory

Committee on the Conduct of Science, National Science Foundation, 1989. On Being a Scientist. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. 22p.

Gastaldo, R.A. 1992. Taphonomic considerations for plant evolutionary investigations. Palaeobotanist 41:211-223.

Gastaldo, R.A. 1994. The genesis and sedimentation of phytoclasts with examples from coastal environments in A. Traverse, ed. Sedimentation of Organic Particles. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 7, pp. 103-127.

Traverse, A. 1988. Plant Evolution Dances to a Different Beat. Historical Geology 1:277-301.

Schopf, J.W. 1993. Microfossils of the Early Archean Apex Chert: New Evidence of the Antiquity of Life. Science. 260:640-646

Knoll, A.H. 1992. The early evolution of eukaryotic organisms: a geological perspective. Science 256:673-678.

Retallack, G.J. 1992. What to call early plant formations on land. PALAIOS 7:508-520.

DiMichele, W.A. 1995. Ecolgical patterns in time and space. Paleobiology 20:89-92.

Gastaldo, R.A., DiMichele, W.A., and Pfefferkorn, H.W. 1996. Out of the Icehouse into the Greenhouse: A Late Paleozoic Analog for Modern Global Vegetational Change. GSA Today 6(10):1-7.

Retallack, G.J. 1997. Neogene Expansion of the North American Prairie. PALAIOS 12:380-390.