8 | Sampling Ancient Plant Spores & Pollen

Transantarctic Mountains

While looking for plant fossils, paleontologists Pete Makovicky and Nate Smith become the first people to set foot on Golden Cap Peak. Their colleague, Eva Koppelhus, explains how palynomorphs (ancient plant spores and pollen) can help date dinosaur bones and reveal the ancient environment of Antarctica. This is the eighth in a series of video reports documenting the team’s daily life and fieldwork during their expedition to Antarctica.