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Progymnospermophyta (Progymnosperms)

      The progymnosperms are an extinct group of woody, spore-bearing plants that is presumed to have evolved from the "trimerophytes", and eventually gave rise to the gymnosperms.[1] They have been treated formally at the rank of division Progymnospermophyta or class Progymnospermopsida (as opposite). The stratigraphically oldest known examples belong to the Middle Devonian order the Aneurophytales, with forms such as Protopteridium, in which the vegetative organs consisted of relatively loose clusters of axes.[2] Tetraxylopteris is another example of a genus lacking leaves. In more advanced aneurophytaleans such as Aneurophyton these vegetative organs started to look rather more like fronds,[3] and eventually during Late Devonian times the anuerophytaleans are presumed to have given rise to the pteridosperm order, the Lyginopteridales. In Late Devonian times, another group of progymnosperms gave rise to the first really large trees known as Archaeopteris.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progymnosperms

Source: http://biodidac.bio.uottawa.ca/thumbnails/filedet.htm?File_name=GYMN002B&File_type=GIF


Rellimia hostimense XA265
Rellimia hostimense WA5

In the Virtual Museum there are total 92 samples

Virtual museum of the Czech Geological Survey, www.geology.cz, (C) Czech Geological Survey, 2011, v.0.99 [13.12.2011]