Paleobotany

Paleobotany

Paleobotany at the Burke is part of the Paleontology Department, which also includes Invertebrate Paleobotany and Micropaleontology, Vertebrate Paleontology and Minerals.

The Paleobotany Collection of fossil leaves, flowers, wood, plant microfossils (pollen and plant silica or phytoliths), and fossil insects are the second largest on the West Coast. Apart from fossils, it houses comprehensive reference collections of modern leaves, wood, pollen and phytoliths to aid in identification of fossils.

In total, the Paleontology Department cares for and curates more than three million specimens of fossil invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, microfossils and trace fossils.

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