Paleobotany: study of plant fossils

What is (definition)

Paleobotany is a science that studies plant fossils and seeks to reconstruct the shape, structure and development of plants in the past.

Also called Plant Paleontology, this science draws on the knowledge of various disciplines that study charcoal, seeds and pollen (palynology).


Archeobotany is a branch of paleobotany, intended to do the research of plant fossils in archaeological sites.


Paleobotany, with its studies, contributes in a fundamental way to the reconstruction of the primitive environment and enables the obtaining of diverse knowledge about the habits of men (food, economic activities and healing through the use of plants).