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Gheorghe MACOVEI
Tech Univ Cluj Napoca, North Univ Center Baia Mare, 62/A Dr. Victor Babeş Street, 430083 Baia Mare, Romania;
ubm_macovei@yahoo.com

A REVISION OF TAXACEAE REMAINS OF THE LATE MIOCENE FOSSIL FLORA FROM CHIUZBAIA, MARAMUREŞ COUNTY, ROMANIA

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Abstract:

New genera and new species of fossil flora for Romania and Europe were described at Chiuzbaia. Among paleofloristical novelties, the remains of Taxaceae – determined by Givulescu and Olos with name of Taxus inopinata sp. nov. – can be found. Recent studies permitted the comparison between some micromorphologycal features of Taxaceae fossils leaves and the modern Taxus baccata.The data presented in this paper proves the presence of Taxus remains, which has affinities with modernTaxus baccata. Given this aspect, I consider that the adequate name for these leaves remains is Taxussp. aff. T. baccata L., 1753. This species is representative for Upper Miocene with somemicromorphologycal features slightly different than modern T. baccata L. that defines an ancestral form of the modern species. These are the only Miocene remains of Taxus from Romania.


Keyword: taxaceae, macromorphology, micromorphology, Late Miocene, Chiuzbaia, Romania


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