Abstract

Introduction

It is difficult to formulate the most desirable content of a course in paleobotany, since so much depends upon the environment and opportunities for the subsequent career of the student. The difficulties of combining the biological treatment with the geological perspective are perhaps greater in paleobotany than in the sister science of paleozoology. Shall paleobotany be considered the handmaiden of botany or of geology? It would be easy to formulate such a course for an ideal world, but in a world of pragmatists and when confronted with the necessity of a living wage for the neophyte the problem is not so simple. Probably the graduate in paleobotany will locate with the United States Department of Agriculture or some experiment station, where he will be assigned to the study, of strawberry rot or potato scab, or, if the geological call is stronger than the botanical, the United States Geological Survey will . . .

First Page Preview

First page PDF preview
You do not currently have access to this article.