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Fire-adapted Gondwanan Angiosperm floras evolved in the Cretaceous

Lamont, B.B. and He, T. (2012) Fire-adapted Gondwanan Angiosperm floras evolved in the Cretaceous. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12 (1). p. 223.

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Fires have been widespread over the last 250 million years, peaking 60−125 million years ago (Ma), and might therefore have played a key role in the evolution of Angiosperms. Yet it is commonly believed that fireprone communities existed only after the global climate became more arid and seasonal 15 Ma. Recent molecular-based studies point to much earlier origins of fireprone Angiosperm floras in Australia and South Africa (to 60 Ma, Paleocene) but even these were constrained by the ages of the clades examined.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Publisher: BioMed Central
Copyright: © 2012 Lamont and He
Notes: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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