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Patagonia's Jurassic-Aged Conifer Cones: Keys to a Botanic and Geologic Past

This article explores the seed cones of Araucaria mirabilis, illustrating how a multifaceted approach to studying fossils can illuminate evolutionary relationships and past environments. Today, museums, books, and articles afford the best avenues to enjoy fossil cones of Patagonia. Fossil enthusiasts can increase their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, phylogeny, ecology, and biogeography to gain a deeper appreciation for minerals that mimic past life.

Mike Viney teaches science in Poudre School District and is a teacher-in-residence at the College of Natural Sciences Education and Outreach Center at Colorado State University.

Kate Neff teaches science in Poudre School District. She additionally works with the Engineering Research Center of Colorado State University as part of their Research Education for Teachers applied science program.

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