Honors Program

University Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Yusheng (Christopher) Liu

Thesis Professor Department

Biological Sciences

Thesis Reader(s)

Steven Wallace, Laraine Powers


This study focuses on fossil Taxodium leaves found at the Gray Fossil Site in northeastern Tennessee where many 7-4.5 million year old plants and animals have been recovered. Identification of the leaves is based on comparison of leaf morphology and confirmed by leaf anatomy. The ecological implications of the fossil are discussed to understand the paleoecology and paleoclimate at the Gray site. It is concluded that the fossil plant along with many other plants lived by a large sinkhole lake under a little warmer-than-today’s climate condition.

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Honors Thesis - Open Access

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