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Temporal range: Permian[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridospermatophyta
Order: Arberiales
Family: Glossopteridaceae

Glossopteridales is an extinct order of plants belonging to Pteridospermatophyta, or Seed Ferns. They arose at the beginning of the Permian (298.9 million years ago) on the southern continent of Gondwana, but dwindled to extinction by the end of the Permian period (252.17 million years ago). The best known genus is Glossopteris.


  1. ^ Taylor, T.N.; Taylor, E.L. & Krings, M. (2009), Paleobotany, The Biology and Evolution of Fossil Plants (2nd ed.), Amsterdam; Boston: Academic Press, ISBN 978-0-12-373972-8 , p. 895

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