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Atlas of the tropical West African pollen flora

Gosling, William D.; Miller, Charlotte S. and Livingstone, Daniel A. (2013). Atlas of the tropical West African pollen flora. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 199 pp. 1–135.

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The accurate and consistent identification of fossil pollen is essential to allow robust inferences to be drawn with regard to past climate and vegetation change. Identifications are best achieved through the direct inspection of reference material. Most substantial reference collections are held at prestigious university’s in Europe or the United States of America which can restrict access for researchers trying to advance palynology in less developed countries. Digital imaging and fast spreading access to the internet means that it is now possible to produce and disseminate high quality images from pollen reference collections. In this paper we contribute to this growing body of work by presenting images of 364 pollen/spore taxa from West Tropical Africa both as printed plates with a key, and within an associated online searchable database.

• 129 plates of 364 pollen/spore taxa
• Coverage of most pollen taxa identified in tropical West African fossil pollen records
• Comprehensive key to pollen identification

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Elsevier
ISSN: 0034-6667
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Towards an improved understanding of past vegetation change in the tropics: developing a pan-tropical pollen databaseTG090002Royal Society
Climate-vegetation dynamics in western tropical Africa: a 150,000 years of past environmental change from Lake Bosumtwi (Ghana)NE/G000824/1NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
500,000 years of vegetation change in AfricaNE/H525054/1NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
Extra Information: New plates included in attached zip file.
Updated version of the full database available at
Keywords: Africa; identification; pollen; tropical; tropics
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
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Item ID: 38144
Depositing User: William Gosling
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2013 09:33
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 01:04
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