Outlines the early history and present status of paleobotany and the future course of paleobotanical research. Conveys in clear terms the interrelation between geology and paleobotany, geologic history of the earth, and the origin and evolution of different groups of plants on the earth's surface. Details basic principles of paleobotany, and discusses applications, especially in the exploration of fossil fuels such as coal and oil. A final chapter describes ongoing research, publications, societies, and organizations. Includes b&w photos and drawings. Intended as a text for undergraduate and graduate students. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.