Late Leonardian Plants from West Texas: The Youngest Paleozoic Plant Megafossils in North America

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Science  20 Jan 1984:
Vol. 223, Issue 4633, pp. 279-281
DOI: 10.1126/science.223.4633.279


Abundant Permian plant megafossils were discovered in the Del Norte Mountains of Brewster County, Trans-Pecos Texas. The flora is dominated by a new and distinctive type of gigantopteroid leaves. Marine invertebrates are closely associated, and this admixture of continental and marine fossils indicates a deltaic depositional setting, probably on the southern margin of the Permian Basin. Conodonts indicate correlation with the uppermost Leonardian Road Canyon Formation in the Glass Mountains. These are the youngest Paleozoic plant megafossils known in North America; they add an important paleontological element to the classic Permian area of this Continent.