|| DIVERSITY OF VASCULAR PLANTS
||The course focuses mainly on phylogeny of vascular plants, their evolution and diversification. Fossils and fossilization, geological time scale. Origin, history and generalized life cycle of Pteridophytes; Origin and evolution of seed habit. General characters, classification, and affinities of Psilopsida, Lycopsida, Sphenopsida, and Pteropsida. Affinities of Cycadofillicales, Bennettitales, Ginkgoales, Cycadales and Gnetales. Distribution and Economic importance of gymnosperms. Origin, general characteristics, Importance, and life cycles of Angiosperms; and introduction to Neopalynology and Paleopalynology.