Canadian Association of Palynologists

Glossary of Pollen and Spore Terminology

Punt, W., S. Blackmore, S. Nilsson, and A. Le Thomas, 1994.

LPP Contributions Series No. 1. 71 pp. LPP Foundation,
Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology, University of Utrecht,
Utrecht, The Netherlands. ISBN 90-393-0230-8

Reviewed by Alwynne B. Beaudoin, Archaeological Survey,
Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
in CAP Newsletter 17(1):14, 1994

Glossary of Pollen and Spores book coverThe objective of this publication is to "provide a concise manual of terminology that can be used to clarify the communication of information concerning pollen grains and spores". Definitions appear to the left of the page. Adjacent to the definitions, the right-hand third of the page is used for simple illustrative line-drawings. Terms are accompanied by a reference, indicating when and where the term was first used, and some have short comments, indicating, for example, the history of the term or revisions. Synonyms and antonyms, where the exist, are also indicated. Some terms appear in bold type; these are "in current usage and [are] recommended for continued use". This publication would be a worthwhile addition to any palynologist's bookshelf; neophyte palynologists will find it invaluable for picking their way through the plethora of terminology that afflicts the palynological literature. The glossary is distributed free-of-charge and may be obtained by writing to LPP Foundation, Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology, State University of Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 2, 3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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