Fossil Seed from the Miocene Shihti Formation of Taiwan

  • Author(s): Zhi-Cheng Lin, Andrew Tien-Shun Lin, Shun-Wen Yu, Tai-Ping Liao, and Gui-Wen Xu
  • DOI: 10.3319/TAO.2013.03.11.01(TT)
  • Keywords: Carpolithes, Fossil seed, Testa, Miocene, Shihti Formation

A compressed fossil seed, described as Carpolithes sp., is found in the coal-bearing Miocene Shihti Formation from the Lifeng coal mine, Sanshia District of the New Taipei City. The fossil is generally rounded with a diameter of ca. 10 mm in lateral view. The anatomical features of the testa epidermal cells were observed using anatomical analysis. The anatomical features of the megafossil organ from the Formation are reported for the first time.

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