David Dilcher

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science/Department of Biology IU Bloomington

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Areas of Expertise

Geological sciences, plant evolution, paleobotany, paleoclimate, plant biology, plant-animals evolution, botany, angiosperms, flowers.

Expert Bio

An internationally known paleobotanist, David Dilcher is renowned for his research of the evolution of angiosperms, one of the planet’s earliest flowers. He played an important early role in ensuring flowers were adequately preserved in the fossil record and, more recently, has been an author on research identifying one of the oldest flowering plants on earth as well as a Jurassic-age insect whose appearance closely mimicked the modern butterfly. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale and a master's and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota. He also holds an affiliation with Shenyang Normal University in China.

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Additional Information

"President's Medals presented to IU scholars David Dilcher and James Naremore": http://archive.news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2016/10/dilcher-naremore-presidents-medals.shtml

"IU paleobotanist identifies what could be the mythical ‘first flower’": https://bignewsiub.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/iu-paleobotanist-identifies-what-could-be-the-mythical-first-flower/

"First Flower": http://documentaries-plus.blogspot.com/2013/05/first-flower-nova-documentary.html

"World's Oldest Known Flower Is 130 Million Years Old": http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2015/08/18/oldest-known-flowering-plant

Updated on: July 3, 2018