It's conceivable that just about every natural scientist first started out as a plant taphonomist. As far-fetched as this statement seems, think back to when you were a child. Didn't you ever toss a handful of maple fruits into the air to see them flutter down, whipping around like little helicopters? Or blow hard at a dandelion to see how long the seeds floated in the air? You must have thrown leaves or sticks into a stream to see them swept away by the current. Even Winnie-the-Pooh undertook a series of taphonomic experiments on the transport of detached plant parts,...

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