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Title: Seagrass paleo-biogeography: Fossil records reveal the presence of Halodule cf. in the Canary Islands (eastern Atlantic)
Authors: Tuya, Fernando 
Betancort-Lozano, Juan Francisco
Haroun, Ricardo 
Espino, Fernando
Lomoschitz, Alejandro 
Meco, J. 
UNESCO Clasification: 2416 Paleontología
Keywords: Angiosperms
Paleo-climate
Climate change
Paleo-distribution
Canary Islands, et al
Issue Date: 2017
Journal: Aquatic Botany 
Abstract: The recognition of marine vegetation in the fossil record brings useful information about past environmental conditions. The paleo-biogeography of seagrasses is largely unknown, since fossilized materials are rare. In this study, we report the existence of fossil deposits of a seagrass species, Halodule cf., at Gran Canaria Island (28° N, northeastern Atlantic). The identification was confirmed by the presence of fossilized plagiotrophic rhizomes and fruits/seeds in sedimentary deposits from the early Pliocene. This seagrass fossilized material is the first from the West African coasts. The presence of this seagrass in the Canary Islands is linked with warm-water conditions during the Pliocene.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/35341
ISSN: 0304-3770
DOI: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2017.08.002
Source: Aquatic Botany[ISSN 0304-3770],v. 143, p. 1-7
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