palaeoethnobotany

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palaeoethnobotany

(ˌpælɪəʊˌɛθnəʊˈbɒtənɪ)
n
(Palaeontology) the study of fossil seeds and grains to further archaeological knowledge, esp of the domestication of cereals
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Paleoethnobotanist David Lentz from the University of Cincinnati has concluded that not only did the Maya people practice forest management, but when they abandoned their forest conservation practices, it was to the detriment of the entire Maya culture.
Margaret Helzer, a paleoethnobotanist and anthropology instructor at Lane Community College, will discuss "Native Plant Use in the Pacific Northwest: Reflections on the Lewis and Clark Journals and the Archaeological Record.
Also, the use of scanning electron microscopes has helped paleoethnobotanists measure microscopic yet significant differences between the seeds of domesticated plants and those of their wild cousins.
Paleoethnobotanists, in particular, are having a field day.