One of the aspects of paleobotany, which makes it unusual and interesting, is that it is inherently interdisciplinary and can be approached from either a biological or a more geological perspective—or both together. Each perspective presents a variety of questions that are unique to that discipline. Today more than ever before, the questions being asked by paleo-botanists necessitate that both the botanical and geological perspectives be fully understood. To a large degree, the research questions that paleobotanists ask are influenced by whether their training emphasized a biological or a more geological perspective.
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