Evidence of Paleozoic Chromosomes from Lycopod Microgametophytes

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Science  23 Jun 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4348, pp. 1383-1385
DOI: 10.1126/science.200.4348.1383


A Pennsylvanian arborescent lycopod cone, Lepidostrobus schopfii, has microspores that have been found to have intracellular features that are interpreted as nuclei and mitotic chromosomes. The cellularized gametophytes conform to the early stages of growth that occur in modern Selaginella microgametophytes. Since the megagametophyte of L. schopfii is similar in development to extant species of Isoetes, the fossil now is known to have portions of its life cycle in common with both Selaginella and Isoetes.