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Carl Rudolf Florin (1894–1965): A pioneer in fossil-conifer studies

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Elsie Darrah Morey
Elsie Darrah Morey
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January 01, 1995

Carl Rudolf Florin (1894–1965) received his education from the University of Stockholm. During the early years, Florin was a “docent” (lecturer) at the Riks-museum (Swedish Museum of Natural History) and served under Thore G. Halle, who was director of the Paleobotanical Department. In 1942, Florin received his professorship, and he became the director of the Bergius Foundation in 1944. Florin was a pioneer in fossil-conifer studies. Recognition of his great expertise on primitive conifers and their relationship to the Cordaitales came late in life. His interpretations and concepts are widely utilized today. Florin’s magnum opus, entitled “Die Koniferen des Oberkarbons und des unteren Perms,” consists of eight parts totaling 729 pages and 186 plates. Florin described about two dozen new genera, of which the best known are Ernestiodendron and Lebachia; the latter name is now regarded as illegitimate.

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GSA Memoirs

Historical Perspective of Early Twentieth Century Carboniferous Paleobotany in North America

Paul C. Lyons
Paul C. Lyons
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Elsie Darrah Morey
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Robert H. Wagner
Robert H. Wagner
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Geological Society of America
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185
ISBN print:
9780813711850
Publication date:
January 01, 1995

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