Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: Fossil Leaves and Ancient Atmospheres

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with Paleobotanist Rich Barclay aired June 5, 2020, as part of the Fossil Friday series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Rich Barclay is a paleobotanist who studies fossil leaves and what they can tell us about climates of the past. Join him to learn how we can use an experiment with living Ginkgo trees to shed light on what information fossil leaves contain about the carbon dioxide levels of ancient atmospheres.

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