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paleobotany

Syllabification: pa·le·o·bot·a·ny
Pronunciation: /ˌpālēōˈbät(ə)nē
 
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Definition of paleobotany in English:

noun

The study of fossil plants.
Example sentences
  • The study of fossil plants, palaeobotany, it not only of interest in itself, but can be applied to solving a wide range of biological and geological problems.
  • The study of paleobotany relies on this preserved material - fossils - as evidence of past life.
  • By my senior year of high school in 1952, I was fascinated by paleobotany, from the ‘butterfly chasing’ of systematic work to work that intertwines with other geoscience endeavors.

Derivatives

paleobotanical

1
Pronunciation: /-bəˈtanikəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Recent Late Jurassic paleobotanical data suggest that the large conifers and ginkgoes that formed the bulk of the canopy were both relatively sparse and nutrient poor.
  • Plant life followed a different route, and the paleobotanical time-eras of Palaeophytic, Mesophytic, and Cenophytic are only approximately equivalent.
  • The early Carboniferous climate has been deduced from palaeobotanical data and from palaeosols/palaeokarsts.

paleobotanist

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈbätn-ist/
noun
Example sentences
  • The shape, pore arrangement, morphology and ultrastructure of sporodermata and exines have proved informative to palaeobotanists and in systematics.
  • There is some agreement that both living and extinct cycads were derived from seed ferns, but paleobotanists still debate exactly if, when, and how this happened.
  • The order has attracted much attention from traditional botanists, palaeobotanists and molecular systematists, because of its potential significance for understanding the phylogeny of seed plants.

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