On Euryphyllum Feistmantel and its epidermal features
Keywords:Plant megafossils, Euryphyllum, Talchir Coalfield, Early Permian (India)
The leaf form genus Euryphyllum Feistmantel 1879 is known by two species, viz., E. whittianum Feistmantel 1879 E. obovatum Maithy 1970 from the Karharbari bed of Giridih Coalfield, India. Both these species are based on the external morphology only. For the first time epidermal features of this leaf are reported from the Early Permian beds of Talchir Coalfield and a new species– E. maithyi has been established. Besides, three specimens assignable to the type species of the genus E. whittianum are also recorded. All the specimens hitherto described and or transferred under this leaf genus have also been re-examined alongwith its possible affinities and affiliation.