Looking Forward by Looking Back: What Does the Fossil Record Say About Climate Change?
Scott Wing will share with us the exciting story of his discoveries about the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, a period over 55 million years ago when the average temperature of Earth warmed nine degrees in a geological instant. Wing's work on plant fossils shows that the rapid warming was accompanied by decreasing rainfall and a radical shift in where plants lived. Presented by: Scott Wing Curator of Fossil Plants, Department of Paleobiology National Museum of Natural History Original Airdate: September 30, 2009 You can stay connected with the Smithsonian's upcoming online events and view a full collection of past sessions on a variety of topics.: http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/events/online_events.html