Autunia conferta, fossil plant

Autunia conferta, fossil plant

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Caption: Autunia is a genus of early Permian seed ferns. Autunia conferta is in fact among the first fossil plants ever illustrated in the literature. The leaflets are most usually attached obliquely to the axis while standing rather densely together. Their size is about 1 cm long and 5 mms wide. The branching of the veins is featherlike with some veins coming directly from the main axis. The veins are a bit sunken and therefore readily visible in the fossils. This specimen is from Rotliegendes deposits near Pfalz, Germany.

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Keywords: autunia, conferta, extinct, fossil, paleobotany, permian, pfalz, rotliegendes, seed-fern, seeds

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