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AMERICAN PAULOWNIA ASSOCIATION
VOL. 15 NO. 2 SEPTEMBER 2006

PAULOWNIA IS NATIVE TO NORTH AMERICA
"A Record of Paulownia in the Tertiary of North America" American Journal of Botany 48(2); 175-179 Illus. 1961 Charles J. Smiley Macalester College; St. Paul, Minnesota Reviewed by Ralph Donaldson

First, the writer is incompetent as a reviewer of a juried paper on paleobotany in a scientific journal. He is neither paleontologist nor botanist. He is a farmer. The language of the paper being reviewed is alien to him. This attempt is to extract some bits of information that may be of use to growers, promoters, and protectors of Paulownia. First, some definitions. Pre-history has been divided into periods for convenience of study. Often the divisions used correspond to geologic changes-changes being a relative term since many of the "changes" occurred over many millions of years. There have been several such schemes of dividing up the past. As a matter of fact, the Tertiary Period referred to in this 1961 article is part of an obsolete scheme. The Tertiary Period in this article went from about 66 million years ago to about 26 million years ago. Fossils attributed to this time are found in rock strata that are associated with geologic events that can be tied to this period of pre-history.

Fossils themselves are rocks; rocks whose formation was influenced by the remains of living matter that was present during their formation. Animal bones buried under sediment eventually-over many, many years, maybe millions-have their cellular structure chemically replaced by chemicals in the sediment and often a clear representation of the remains is left. This is a permanent record of what, compared to stone, was soft tissue. The tissue structure of plant matter can also be buried in sediment. Remember that the earth was a very busy place during its development, and a lot of…...

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