It is hard to imagine that dense vegetation once grew on Antarctica. These Mesozoic polar forests are currently the focus of intense international research because they may provide an ancient analogue for how the Earth’s poles will respond to long-term global warming in the future. Rees & Cleal’s book examines one of the most diverse and important of the Antarctic plant fossil assemblages, the Lower Jurassic flora of Hope Bay and Botany Bay. Their technical volume is largely devoted to giving a comprehensive and up to date description of the flora. Judged within this limited frame of reference, Rees &...

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