[IMGCAP(1)]Recently one night I was struggling feverishly with my 7th grader’s science assignment on paleobotany.

Paleobotany…I had never heard of it. It turns out it’s the study of fossil plants, according to my son Matt. Given all the dead plants I had in my bachelor apartment decades ago, my apartment could have been a significant digging ground for any paleobotanist.

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