Plant macrofossils are preserved remains that are large enough to be visible without a microscope. They include leaf, needle, cone, and stem debris, and can be used to identify plants that previously grew in the area. Plant macrofossil data provide a valuable complement to pollen and faunal data that can be used to reconstruct the terrestrial environment.
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NCEI Paleo Web Service
Use the NCEI Paleo Web Service to access plant macrofossil study metadata records.
Browse Plant Macrofossil Datasets
Additional data and information sources on plant macrofossils and climate science.
- Neotoma Paleoecology Database
- Database of paleoenvironmental information including data from the North American Plant Macrofossil Database.
- North American Packrat Midden Database
- Packrat midden data from the southwestern United States and Mexico.
- Missouri Botanical Garden Database
- A searchable database of plant taxonomic information.
- International Plant Names Index (IPNI)
- A database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of all seed plants.