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The branch of paleontology that deals with plant fossils and ancient vegetation.

pa′le·o·bo·tan′ic (-bə-tăn′ĭk), pa′le·o·bo·tan′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
pa′le·o·bo·tan′i·cal·ly adv.
pa′le·o·bot′a·nist n.


(Palaeontology) a variant spelling of palaeobotany


(ˌpeɪ li oʊˈbɒt n i; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-)

the branch of paleontology that deals with fossil plants.
pa`le•o•bo•tan′i•cal (-bəˈtæn ɪ kəl) pa`le•o•bo•tan′ic, adj.
pa`le•o•bot′a•nist, n.

paleobotany, palaeobotany

the branch of paleology that studies fossil plants, especially their origin, structure, and growth. — paleobotanist, palaeobotanist, n.paleobotanic, palaeobotanic, paleobotanical, palaeobotanical, adj.
See also: Fossils
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paleobotany - the study of fossil plantspaleobotany - the study of fossil plants    
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
palaeodendrology, paleodendrology - the branch of paleobotany that studies fossil trees
palaeobiology, paleobiology - a branch of paleontology that deals with the origin and growth and structure of fossil animals and plants as living organisms
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But for the past few months, Albanese has been studying paleobotany for a diorama called "The Hottest Day on Earth." The garden includes vanished genera such as Tempskya (a trunkless tree fern of the Cretaceous period) and Sigillaria (a spore-bearing tree of the Late Carboniferous period).
In his lecture, former Scientist & Head, Radiocarbon Laboratory, BirbalSahni Institute of Paleobotany, LucknowDr.
Rothwell, Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1993.
Adolphe-Theodore Brongniart ("Monsieur Brogniart" or "Brogniard", eight letters), the father of paleobotany, and the head of horticulture Joseph Decaisne (September 12, 1849).
Paleobotany studies have revealed that early Americans gardened forests and plains; the gramma grass adaptation to fire, for instance, was aided by humans.
Leo Lesquereux, the "Father of American Paleobotany", worked with David Dale Owen, and later with Richard Owen, on the Pennsylvanian paleofloras of Indiana (Canright 1957).