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Ancient Environments & Ecology

The Permian fern Glossopteris is an indicator of cool conditions. (©Ewan Fordyce)

The Permian fern Glossopteris is an indicator of cool conditions. (©Ewan Fordyce)

(Adapted from Ewan Fordyce in A Continent on the Move)

Former Lifestyles

Paleoecology is the use of fossils to find out about ancient physical environments and past climate. For example, if a living organism has a very particular habitat preference, then a fossil representative of that organism could indicate the same narrow habitat conditions.

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