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Plant Fossil Preservation and the Importance of their Stomata Count

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Why are many plant fossils not well-preserved?

What can the number of stomata in a plant fossil tell us about the atmosphere it lived in?

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Many plant fossils are not well preserved because the tissue of plants are easily degrade over time. Also, humid regions do not yield many fossils because of rapid decay rates. Mountainous areas also do not preserve fossils well because of high activity of erosion. Therefore, fossils are best preserved in arid climates, such as deserts or very cold areas, where ...

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The expert determines why many plant fossils are not well-preserved. The number of stomata in a plant fossil tell us about the atmosphere it lived in is determined.

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