Palaeobotany for Paleoartists VIII: Paleofloras of the Jurassic

Vertebrates (and particularly tetrapods) are the main focus of many paleoartistic reconstruction. This is perfectly understandable: humans tend to care more about things that are more similar to them, with decreasing interest for more distant living beings (see here). Unfortunately, given the different preservation potentials of the two groups, vertebrate localities are usually devoid ofContinue reading “Palaeobotany for Paleoartists VIII: Paleofloras of the Jurassic”

Palaeobotany for Paleoartists VII: Aquatic Cretaceous angiosperms

In the previous post about early angiosperms, I discussed about many groups that are strongly underrepresented in paleoartistic reconstructions. For this second post on Early Cretaceous flowering plants, we will look at another group of angiosperms that were quite widespread at that time, namely water plants. Land plants evolved to occupy aquatic environments many timesContinue reading “Palaeobotany for Paleoartists VII: Aquatic Cretaceous angiosperms”

Palaeobotany for Paleoartists V: Early Angiosperms

Angiosperms in paleoart, especially in the Early Cretaceous, are often limited to familiar forms such as Nymphaeaceae (waterlilies) or magnolias. Although there is evidence of both groups in the Early Cretaceous fossil record, other groups of angiosperms were probably much more abundant across a range of environments during that period. The main example are Chloranthaceae,Continue reading “Palaeobotany for Paleoartists V: Early Angiosperms”

Palaeobotany for Paleoartists IV: Mesozoic Seed Ferns

Another element which is often not represented in paleoart are the Mesozoic “seed ferns”. This is an umbrella term for plants with different affinities united by the fact that they were seed plants with fern-like, often pinnate leaves. Though ‘seed fern’ groups were rather abundant in the Paleozoic, quite a few grew among the MesozoicContinue reading “Palaeobotany for Paleoartists IV: Mesozoic Seed Ferns”

Palaeobotany for Paleoartists: Fossil Cycads

In recent times, I have been interested in the way that fossil plants are represented (or more often, not represented) in palaeoartistic works. Though I have started a project trying to combat this issue, I wanted to weight in on the issue in a more direct way by using my expertise in a particularly charismaticContinue reading “Palaeobotany for Paleoartists: Fossil Cycads”