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|Title||ADHESIVE GRASS SPIKELET WITH MAMMALIAN HAIR IN DOMINICAN AMBER - 1ST FOSSIL EVIDENCE OF EPIZOOCHORY|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1992|
|Authors||Poinar, GC, Columbus, JT|
|Type of Article||Journal Article|
Discovery of a female spikelet of the grass genus Pharus (Gramineae: Bambusoideae: Phareae) in association with mammalian hair in Dominican Republic amber provides the first fossil evidence of epizoochory. Hooked macrohairs on the lemma of the spikelet show that morphological modifications in grasses for dispersal by attachment to the surface of animals were present in the Late Eocene. The fossil also represents 1) the second-oldest undoubted macrofossil record of the Gramineae, 2) the earliest record of a fossil grass that can be assigned to an extant genus, 3) the earliest undoubted record of a member of the bamboo subfamily and 4) the only known fossil of Pharus.
|URL||<Go to ISI>://WOS:A1992JQ06100023|