27/08/2019 12:08

New paper: The loss of a unique palaeobotanical site in Terceira Island within the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal)

Available here: link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12371-019-00401-1 or rdcu.be/bPbkl

Reference: Góis-Marques, C.A., Elias, R.B., Steinbauer, M.J., de Nascimento, L., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Menezes de Sequeira, M. & Madeira, J. 2019. The loss of a unique palaeobotanical site in Terceira Island within the Azores UNESCO global geopark (Portugal). Geoheritage (IN PRESS): 1-9

Abstract: Terceira Island (Azores archipelago, central Atlantic Ocean) presents a unique but poorly studied Quaternary palaeobotanical record. Among the sites referenced in the literature, Fanal Bay, within Angra do Heroísmo city, is known at least since the 1940s. Field prospection in the summer of 2016 revealed two layers of leaf fossils with an unexpected fossil abundance. The preliminary results showed that these represented autochthonous or para-autochthonous (T0) fossil assemblages, preserved by the emplacement of ash or lapilli layers by volcanic events, in a leaf litter of a laurel palaeoforest. Unfortunately, in 2018, the site was destroyed due to development works to consolidate and requalify the Fanal Bay cliff from further sea erosion. This prevented a detailed study and the ex situ preservation of an important palaeontological site, within the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark. With this work, we hope to call the attention to the need of implementing geoconservation strategies in order to prevent the destruction of important geoheritage within the Azores Islands and to transpose this warning to other geoconservationists in oceanic islands worldwide.

record. Among the sites referenced in the literature, Fanal Bay, within Angra do Heroísmo city, is known at least since the 1940s.
Field prospection in the summer of 2016 revealed two layers of leaf fossils with an unexpected fossil abundance. The preliminary
results showed that these represented autochthonous or para-autochthonous (T0) fossil assemblages, preserved by the emplacement
of ash or lapilli layers by volcanic events, in a leaf litter of a laurel palaeoforest. Unfortunately, in 2018, the site was
destroyed due to development works to consolidate and requalify the Fanal Bay cliff from further sea erosion. This prevented a
detailed study and the ex situ preservation of an important palaeontological site, within the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark.
With this work, we hope to call the attention to the need of implementing geoconservation strategies in order to prevent the
destruction of important geoheritage within the Azores Islands and to transpose this warning to other geoconservationists in
oceanic islands worldwide.

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22/07/2023 16:45

New paper: Contribution to the flora of the Selvagens archipelago (Portugal) (I)

Abstract: Plant specimens obtained by the authors from several expeditions to the Selvagens Islands (2004-2021), complemented by the study of herbarium specimens, led to the identification of several new species records for the Selvagens archipelago, namely the taxa currently considered as Canary...

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19/05/2023 16:13

Madeira: an Atlantic garden of rarities | 25th and 26th May 2023, University of Madeira, Funchal, Portugal

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04/03/2023 15:26

New Paper: 1,3 Ma Flower and seed fossils Erica from Madeira Island

  Description and systematic affinity of flower and seed fossils of Erica sect. Chlorocodon (Ericaceae) from the early Pleistocene of Madeira Island, Portugal   Góis-Marques, C.A., de Nascimento, L., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Madeira, J., & Menezes de Sequeira, M. in press....

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28/01/2023 16:14

New Paper: Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes on Andryala glandulosa subsp. cheiranthifolia (Cichorieae, Asteraceae) from Madeira Island, Portugal

New paper by Mª Zita Ferreira (GBM), Inés Álvarez Fernández (RJBM) & Miguel Menezes de Sequeira (GBM). Andryala subglabrata (DC) M.Z.Ferreira, Alv.Fern. & M.Seq., stat. & comb. nov. & Andryala glandulosa L. Abstract: Currently two subspecies of Andryala glandulosa...

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08/11/2022 17:44

Celebrating Richard Thomas Lowe’s 220th birthday

O Grupo de Botânica da Madeira (Faculdade de Ciências da Vida, Universidade da Madeira) organizará de 2 a 4 de Dezembro 2022 um evento comemorativo dos 220 anos do nascimento de Richard Thomas Lowe. Este simpósio inicia-se com uma visita à Holy Trinity Church, no Funchal, e termina no dia 4 com a...

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29/01/2021 09:37

New Paper: Goats eat emblematic but Critically Endangered species that was only described in 2007

Population decline in the Critically Endangered Musschia isambertoi (Campanulaceae) endemic to Desertas Islands (Madeira Archipelago) calls for urgent conservation management Abstract: Macaronesian islands display a high degree of plant endemicity and correspond to some of the most threatened...

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01/02/2020 13:08

New paper in TAXON describes the oldest known carrot and the first evidence of Insular Woodiness

Tracing insular woodiness in giant Daucus (s.l.) fruit fossils from the Early Pleistocene of Madeira Island (Portugal) Link: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/tax.12175 Abstract: Plants on oceanic islands can evolve insular syndromes such as secondary woodiness, a generalized trend...

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17/11/2019 17:37

New Paper dealing with charcoalified wood from Faial Island

  New paper is out: Góis-Marques, C.A., Rubiales, J., de Nascimento, L., Menezes de Sequeira, M., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Madeira, J., 2020. Oceanic Island forests buried by Holocene (Meghalayan) explosive eruptions: palaeobiodiversity in pre-anthropic volcanic charcoal from Faial...

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20/09/2019 14:46

New paper: Nomenclature and Typification of Names in the Ibero–North African Andryala arenaria (Asteraceae) and Taxonomic Implications

A new paper was published by our group, by Zita Ferreira, Inés Álvarez and Miguel Menezes de Sequeira, available here: novon.mobot.org/index.php/novon/article/view/297 Title: Nomenclature and Typification of Names in the Ibero–North African Andryala arenaria (Asteraceae) and Taxonomic...

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27/08/2019 12:08

New paper: The loss of a unique palaeobotanical site in Terceira Island within the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark (Portugal)

Available here: link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12371-019-00401-1 or rdcu.be/bPbkl Reference: Góis-Marques, C.A., Elias, R.B., Steinbauer, M.J., de Nascimento, L., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Menezes de Sequeira, M. & Madeira, J. 2019. The loss of a unique...

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