This is a series of brief treatises mainly based
on own finds of Rhynie chert,
every one of them reporting some
observation, interpretation, or discovery
apparently not yet published in the scientific literature
and occasionally contradicting
The first contributions were published at
www.kieseltorf.de since 2004.
The series of numbered issues had been launched in 2005 as paper prints
distributed in very small numbers,
with every issue composed of text, pictures, and references being
confined to one or two pages. This concise format differing much from
papers in scientific journals has been applied here, too. It is meant
to be a means of
spreading information quickly in easily comprehensible quanta, which
would be virtually
impossible with the conventional ways of publication. The 35 issues
available in early 2010 and the following ones will be put in here,
where all together are supposed to make up the main part of this
Contributions with a more introductory or
generally explanatory character are accessible via Site map.
List of issues
numbered according to their sequence of release. Click on the number.
Looking for particular subjects is easier in the
list with thematically sorted
Enigmatic little sphere
A rare aspect of Aglaophyton 3.Ventarura
taking shape 4.
A pattern of questionable origin
[fungus action] 5.
epidermis outlined 7.
The work of spore eaters
sporangia] 8. Re-interpretation of detail on Aglaophyton
Trigonotarbids: known for a long while but still
Is there more than one charophyte alga in the Rhynie chert ? 11.
Size matters – Aglaophyton
sporangia bigger than expected 12.Ebullitiocaris
– a slothful little creature that comes in flocks 13. Another
weft of tubes – another nematophyte ? 14. A
peculiar way of creeping – Aglaophyton
sporangia as odd-shaped bags 16.
Zosterophylls with peculiar branching mode ? 17.
Erroneous and other views on a Rhynie chert plant
Another type of Rhynia
gametophyte ? 19.
Less-common fungus in the Rhynie chert 20.
Horizontal layers and plates in chert 21.
Twin patterns – a clue to void formation in Rhynie chert plants 22.
Cluster of Trichopherophyton
Spoilt attack in the Lower Devonian
[rotifer and alga] 24.
What did Castracollis
look like ? 25.
Seedling in the Rhynie chert – a less-common sight 26.
A faint glimpse of another Rhynie chert plant ? 27.Horneophyton
tubers – a preferred site for level bands in chalcedony 28.
Fungus from Rhynie chert helps to refute Permian /Triassic mites
Another enigmatic Nematoplexus
from the Rhynie chert 30.
On the origin of the cellular pattern on the surface of nematophytes 31.Rhynia
sections indicating steps of silicification in Rhynie chert 32.
Same symbiotic fungus in Aglaophyton
sporangium close-up 34.
Close look at Castracollis 35.
A flat nematophyte from Rhynie 36.
Uncommon aspect of Pachytheca 37.
Hole repair in Rhynie chert plants 38.
Nematophytes vs. liverworts
with a wry twist ? 40.
Wilting nematophytes in Rhynie chert 41.Prototaxites
no liverwort connection 42.
Sociable trigonotarbids 43.Castracollis
hair tufts 44.Pachytheca –
a nematophyte propagule ? 45.Horneophyton
spores differently arranged 46. Flat nematophyte – Details
and reconstruction 47.
Dainty meshwork aspect of Aglaophyton
Devonian alga mimicking Coleochaete 49.Trichopherophyton
A Devonian plant that would not fit in 51.Nematoplexus
sporangia of questionable shape 54.
Voids in the tissue of early land plants 55.
Funny fossil fungus formations 56.Croftalania
venusta and other Devonian
microbes 57. Nothia
sporangia and their peculiar wall structure 58.Ventarura with
less-common features 59.
Sequence of silicification stages deduced from plant sections in chert 60.
Selective decay resistance of soft tissue in early land plants (1) 61. A
rare sight of Ventarura
tissue (1) 62.
Spirally splitting Aglaophyton
A look at Devonian fungi 64.
An uncommon variety of Rhynie
chert 65. Broken
symmetry of Aglaophyton
Selective decay resistance of soft tissue in
early land plants (2) 67.
Funny fossil microbes 68.
Enigmatic cm-size blobs in Rhynie chert 69.
A Lower Devonian alga resembling the xanthophyte Botrydium 70.
Enigmatic black deposit in Rhynie chert 71.Nematoplexus
- more details, more questions (Part 1) 72. Croftalania
A Devonian alga with peculiar features (Part 1) 74.
Window into the distant past - Palaeonitella 75.
Level fills in hollow Aglaophyton 76. Symbiotic fungus in Trichopherophyton
Silicification steps in chert deduced from fossil fungus
The enigma of perfectly straight
fungus hyphae 79.Horneophyton
Swamp gas bubbles traversing microbial layers in Rhynie chert 81.Horneophyton
- peculiar and confusing 83. Black
stains, coatings, and linings in Rhynie chert 84.
Miniature fossil sewage tank 85.
A dark side of palaeobotany 86.
More nematophytes in the Rhynie chert 87.
Microbial debris in Rhynie chert 88.
Early land plant seedlings 89.
A Devonian alga with peculiar features (Part 2) 90. A Devonian alga with
peculiar features (Part 3) 91.
A rare sight of Ventarura
tissue (2) 92.
Glades in the nematophyte jungle 93. A Devonian alga with
peculiar features (Part 4) 94.
aspects 95.Trichopherophyton and Ventarura in one
chert sample 96.Ventarura performing as a flower 97.
Selective decay resistance of soft tissue in
early land plants (3) 98. Nematophytes in gel 99. Another new nematophyte in the Rhynie
chert 100. 101. Castracollis eye ? 102.Nematoplexus
- more details, more questions (Part 2) 103. Black shards in decayed tissue 104. Observations on fungus resting spores 105. Selective decay resistance of soft tissue in
early land plants (4) 106. Strange fossil assemblage in a chert sample