pa·​leo·​bot·​a·​ny | \ ˌpā-lē-ō-ˈbä-tə-nē How to pronounce paleobotany (audio) , -ˈbät-nē \

Definition of paleobotany

: a branch of botany dealing with fossil plants

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Other Words from paleobotany

paleobotanical \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​bə-​ˈta-​ni-​kəl How to pronounce paleobotany (audio) \ or less commonly paleobotanic \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​bə-​ˈta-​nik How to pronounce paleobotany (audio) \ adjective
paleobotanically \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​bə-​ˈta-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce paleobotany (audio) \ adverb
paleobotanist \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​ˈbä-​tə-​nist How to pronounce paleobotany (audio) , -​ˈbät-​nist \ noun

Examples of paleobotany in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Get behind-the-scenes looks with Dr. Ron Tykoski, learn about paleobotany with Dr. Dori Contreras, hear paleontologists sound off on dinosaur movies, and participate in trivia, a Q&A session and more. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Perot Museum’s adults-only Social Science event goes virtual," 23 Apr. 2020 This area has an intrinsically variable climate that alternates between flooding and drought, explains Scott Wing, research geologist and curator of paleobotany at the National Museum of Natural History. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Do Goats Really Love to Jump and More Questions From Our Readers," 23 Aug. 2019 Investigators of the Great Maya Aquifer Project see the (re)discovery of Balamku as a chance to implement a totally new model of cave archaeology, one that employs cutting-edge technology and specialized fields such as 3-D mapping and paleobotany. Gena Steffens, National Geographic, "Maya ritual cave ‘untouched’ for 1,000 years stuns archaeologists," 4 Mar. 2019 The institute once focused exclusively on paleobotany. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "India’s paleontologists fight destruction of its fossil riches," 4 Apr. 2018 There's Park University biology professor Patricia Ryberg, who studies the anatomy and morphology of paleobotany, or fossilized plants. Danny Uhlmann, National Geographic, "Five New Fossil Forests Found in Antarctica," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of paleobotany

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paleobotany

paleo- + botany

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The first known use of paleobotany was in 1872

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“Paleobotany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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