A late Miocene leaf assemblage from Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, and its climatic implications

Pole, Mike and Moore, Phillip R. (2011) A late Miocene leaf assemblage from Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, and its climatic implications. Alcheringa, 35 1: 103-121.


Author Pole, Mike
Moore, Phillip R.
Title A late Miocene leaf assemblage from Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, and its climatic implications
Journal name Alcheringa   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0311-5518
1752-0754
Publication date 2011-03
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03115518.2010.481829
Volume 35
Issue 1
Start page 103
End page 121
Total pages 19
Place of publication Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract A late Miocene (6-6.5 Ma; Kapitean and latest Tongaporutuan stages) fossil leaf locality is situated at Mataora in the southern Coromandel Peninsula of the North Island, New Zealand (latitude 378S). It includes well-preserved remains of a new genus and species of conifer, Mataoraphyllum miocenicus, considered to be a phyllodinous Taxaceae. Other conifers include a new species of Phyllocladus, P. palmerii, and a small scale-leafed Podocarpaceae. There are five angiosperms, including a small-leafed Epacridaceae species, Myrsine waihiensis sp. nov., (Mysinaceae), Pseudopanax (Araliaceae), and two of unknown affinity. The relatively small leaf size, low biodiversity and taxonomic content suggest low, open vegetation under a relatively cool but wet climate; current subalpine to upper forest limit vegetation is a close analogy. The fossil assemblage indicates that mean annual temperatures may have been cooler at 378S than today for the late Miocene.
© 2011 Association of Australasian Palaeontologists.
Keyword New Zealand
Miocene
Fossil leaves
Cuticle
Taxaceae
Climate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes First Published on: 09 September 2010

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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