Plant macrofossils

Here are just a few examples of the plant fragments we find preserved in peatland records. Sometimes we can identify species at relatively low magnifications (x4 – x 10), but sometimes we need to take a much closer look (x200 – x400) at the cell structure to be able to say precisely what species we’re looking at. As each species has its own set of environmental preferences, the more precise we are in our identifications, the more we can say about conditions at the time the plant was growing. Click here to learn more about plant macrofossils.

Low magnification (x4 – x10)

High magnification (x200 – x400)