fern, Lower Permian, Upper Paleozoic, New Mexico
A nearly complete juvenile fernlike plant is described here from Lower Permian rocks of New Mexico. The fossil consists of a horizontal rhizome with roots, a short thick upright aerial branch, and a tuft of dimorphic leaves. It is assigned to Arnodia kuesii gen. et sp. n. and appears to be the first juvenile fernlike plant known from the Upper Paleozoic. Abundant palynomorphs and other plant fossils associated with the fossil indicate that it is Early Permian in age.
Original Publication Citation
Arnoldia kuesii, a new juvenile fernlike plant from the Lower Permian of New Mexico. Sidney R. Ash and William D. Tidwell Botanical Gazette (Chicago) (June 1986), 147(2):236-242
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Tidwell, William D. and Ash, Sidney, "Arnoldia kuesii, a new juvenile fernlike plant from the Lower Permian of New Mexico" (1986). All Faculty Publications. 1449.
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