leaf fossils in a rock


Paleobotany conducts research, research training, and graduate education focused on various aspects of plants in the geologic past—their global diversity, evolution, geography, structure, morphology, and ecology, as well as the stewardship of the collections for future generations.

Research strengths include the anatomy, morphology and reproductive biology of fossil plants including their interactions with other organisms. KU Paleontology collections are largest officially recognized Antarctic fossil plant repository in the U.S. and perhaps the world.