Paleobotany Plant Fossils

In general, What is botany?

Botany is the study of plants. Plants are living organisms including algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants.

Examples of living organisms
What are botanists interested in?

Botanists are interested in the ecological study of interactions of plants with the environment and organisms. Some botanists search for new species and experiment on plants to discover if they can grow with different conditions. Others study the structure of plants, others study patterns of the plant. They also study how genetic DNA controls plant development.

What is the point to this research?

The point is to increase and improve our resources of medicine, food, fibers, building materials, and other plant products. People use botanical research to manage parks, forests, the wilderness and range lands. It is to also understand how the plants were made and their purpose on Earth.

Are there different types of botany?

There are many different types of botany. It includes archaeobotany, cytology, epigenetics, paleobotany. palynology, plant biochemistry, phenology, phytochemistry, phytogeography, phytosociology, plant anatomy, plant ecology, plant genetics, plant morphology, plant physiology, plant reproduction, plant systematics, plant taxonomy

Why are their so many types of botany?

There are so many types of botany because of all the different ways we focus on plants. Certain subjects focus on the study of plant remains, others focus on the process of plant growth. Each different topic has a purpose and certain focus.

What is Paleobotany

Paleobotany is the study of fossilized plants. It is studied to understand the evolution of plant life and ecology of ancient eras. It is the evidence of prehistoric life including plants, animals and microorganisms. It is a rare event for paleobotany to exist because most organisms decompose very fast.

Fossilized Plants
What is a fossil?

A fossil is evidence of previous life. It is present in rocks and is in a degenerate from plant body stops and body remains in visible forms. It is a product of the organisms metabolism and is impressions of the organelle.

How are plant fossils formed?

A plant becomes covered by sediment that hardens to make a sedimentary rock. The rock forms gradually and because of erosion is compacted in the bottom of a body of water.

Are their types of fossils?

There are two types of fossils; diatomite and amber. Diatomite is a rock that forms from a silica cell of algae known as diatoms. Amber is a stone valued because of its beauty and appearance. Amber is fossilized resin produced by cone-bearing evergreen trees.

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