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Chapter 22, Problem 4CT
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Suppose you wanted to make a science fiction film in which human time travelers went back to the Carboniferous. What types of modem plants would you use and which would you avoid if you wanted to depict the Carboniferous setting as accurately as possible?

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To determine: The type of modern plants that can be used and the ones that can be avoided to accurately depict Carboniferous period.

Introduction: The first vascular plants dated about 450 million years ago during the late Ordovician period. They were short plants without leaves and roots. The existence of oldest forest dates back to about 385 million years ago and consisted of some tall seedless vascular plants. During the Carboniferous period (359-299 million years ago), tall seedless vascular plants dominated vast areas of swampy forests. The flowering plants, angiosperms originated during the Cretaceous period (around 120 million years ago).

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As given in the problem statement, a science fiction film is to be made where human time travelers went back to the Carboniferous period. Cycads and conifers are the modern gymnosperms that first appeared in the Carboniferous period and are still present. Thus to depict this period, cycads and conifers can be used...

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