• Question: How do scientists learn about plants that are extinct?

    Asked by elliejade to Laura, Sean on 23 Mar 2012.
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      Sean Murphy answered on 23 Mar 2012:

      When studying extinct plans or animals the most important factor is the visualization of that animal or plant’s shape. We can determine this using fossils. Plant fossils are harder to find that animals, but do occur when plants get embedded in hard rock and stone. We can also study ancient DNA that we find in fossils and determine the relationship between extinct plants and their living relatives.