Title

Charred Wood of Prototaxoxylon From the Wuchiapingian Wutonggou Formation (Permian) of Dalongkou, Northern Bogda Mountains, Northwestern China

Abstract

Charred wood occurs sporadically in sedimentary rocks in China. A marcroscopic charcoal with well-preserved anatomical structure is described from the Wuchiapiangian Wutonggou Formation in the southern part of Dalongkou section, northern Bogda Mountains in the Junggar Basin, northwestern China. It is characterized by uniseriate radial tracheidal pitting, taxaceous tertiary spiral thickenings in the tracheidal walls, uniseriate tangential tracheidal pitting, homogeneous, uniseriate, 2-10 cells high xylem rays, and 1-2 pits in each cross-field. It is assigned to Prototaxoxylon uniseriale Prasad. The uniseriate, bordered, contiguous, rarely separate tangential pitting of P. uniseriale is evidenced clearly for the first time. The features of this species show a close affinity with conifers. The coniferous charred wood may have been derived from an extrabasinal forest, perhaps from upland environment deep within the hinterland, according to results of modern taphonomic research.

Department(s)

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Angara Flora; Charcoal; Prototaxoxylon; Spiral Thickenings; Wuchiapingian; Anatomy; Cells And Cell Components; Coniferous Tree; Forest Ecosystem; Geological Record; Paleontology; Permian; Sedimentary Rock; Taphonomy; Upland Region; Wood; Xylem; Bogda Mountains; China; Junggar Basin; Tien Shan; Xinjiang Uygur; Coniferophyta

Geographic Coverage

Northwestern China

Time Period

Permian

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1871174X

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2016 Elsevier, All rights reserved.

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