Date Approved

2013

Date Posted

3-28-2013

Degree Type

Campus Only Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Geography and Geology

First Advisor

Steve LoDuca

Second Advisor

Christine Clark

Abstract

For this research project, information was compiled for all known fossils of marine plants (i.e., noncalcified macroalgae) that lived during the early part of the Paleozoic Era (540-400 million years ago). For each species described in the literature, an entry was constructed that included a photograph of a representative specimen (if available), locality information, and age. These entries have been sorted by geologic period (time of occurrence) and alphabetized. This is the first time that all of this information has been gathered in a single document. This database provides a valuable resource for Paleontologists and other Earth Scientists attempting to develop a better picture of the Earth during the early Paleozoic.

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