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Paleobotany Spotlight: Time Travelling with Wyoming’s Plant Fossils

Wyoming fossils are world famous, particularly those from the Paleocene and Eocene periods (66-34 million years ago). Using picks and shovels, Ellen Currano and her team travel back in time 50 million years, to a Wyoming resembling modern-day Florida, covered in palm trees and populated by alligators. Professor Currano actively seeks Wyoming’s plant fossils from this last great warm interval to reconstruct past climates and landscapes.

If you suspect that there are plant fossils on your property or if you stumble upon fossils on open land, Currano would like to hear from you! She can be reached at: ecurrano@uwyo.edu .

Currano, Associate Professor of Botany, Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming is a paleoecologist who uses plant fossils to investigate the response of ancient forest ecosystems to environmental changes. Investigating how ecosystems reacted to past changes, she can help better predict how modern ecosystems will respond to anthropogenic changes like changes in climate.

  • Ali Grossman
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    Paleobotany, Botany, Plants, Wyoming, Ellen Currano
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    2 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2017
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Ali Grossman is a Video Producer for University of Wyoming Institutional Marketing and Communications

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Through video, I provide an additional stage for the collaborative endeavors of specialists in their landscapes and environments, whatever their creative spaces may be: studios, laboratories, or the American West.