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Department of Palaeobotany

Palaeobotany is the study of fossil plants. The fossil record documents the evolution of plants and the environment, and these data are widely used in biological and geological research.
The department of palaeobotany houses one of the largest collections of fossil plants in the world. The collections contain many unique and important specimens with particularly extensive and valuable material from high latitude regions (Sweden, Greenland, Iceland, Spitsbergen, Alaska, Antarctica, Patagonia), as well as many important type and original specimens studied by internationally outstanding researchers such as O. Heer, A. G. Nathorst, T. G. Halle, and R. Florin. In addition the collections include extensive and exquisitely preserved early flowers.
The fossil plant collections are used as a base for current research projects in the department, but also by scientists from all over the world. Electronic registration of the fossil plant collections is a major current project in the department and some of the information on the collection is available via Internet.

Research in the department is diverse, currently our main research focus is on various aspects of angiosperm evolution and diversification.

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Prof. A.G. Nathorst
Prof. T.G. Halle