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Dr. Bill DiMichele

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Department of Paleobiology

Local Address: District of Columbia, United States
Smithsonian Institution
Museum Support Center 4210 Silver Hill Rd.
Suitland , Maryland 20746
United States

Company Description: The Smithsonian Institution -- the world's largest museum and research complex -- includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The total...   more

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  • Ph.D. , Research Paleontologist andCurator
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William DiMichele studies ..., 19 Nov 2012 [cached]
William DiMichele studies part of the Springfield coal fossilized forest in southern Illinois. (Photo: Scott D. Elrick/NY Times)
William DiMichele studies part of the Springfield coal fossilized forest in southern Illinois. (Photo: Scott D. Elrick/NY Times)
"It's a botanical Pompeii, buried in a geological instant," said William A. DiMichele, a paleobiologist and curator of fossil plants at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and one of the forest's discoverers. He believes it was gently entombed by floods that successively washed through a swamp.
DiMichele and colleagues have explored a 5-mile path, or transect, starting at the ancient riverbank and arrowing through the swamp. Just as if this were a living forest, they have stopped along the route to identify individual leaves or study fallen trunks. Moving away from the river, a dense thicket of seed ferns gives way to tree ferns and low ground cover. Farther out, tree ferns are dwarfed by forest giants called scale trees.
"It was a Dr. Seuss world," Johnson said of the scale-tree forests: sun-washed quagmires studded with giant green stalks like asparagus spears, hundreds of feet tall. (Scale trees did not unfurl spreading crowns until the very end of their life cycle.) DiMichele has followed a fallen scale tree for 100 feet, before it disappeared behind coal not yet mined away.
"Bill DiMichele realizes he has an entire industry digging for him, creating a tunnel into an ancient world."
At that time, a massive, single ..., 30 Mar 2011 [cached]
At that time, a massive, single continent, Pangaea, existed on Earth, and the world's climate was shifting out of an ice age, said Bill DiMichele, paleobotanist with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
The Robledo site sits at what was once the farthest western edge of the continent and is different from fossils of the same age that are found in other parts of the world, he said.
DiMichele, who visited the Robledos once before, said the site gives new insight.
"This is intrinsically very interesting by itself, and it's interesting in the large picture, as well," he said.
For instance, DiMichele said, a conifer specimen found in the monument has been shipped to a colleague in California, who indicated it was previously unknown.
The students were there on a field trip and also part of a grant project awarded to DiMichele from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the monument.
American Journal of Botany Editorial Board, 29 July 2001 [cached]
William A. DimicheleSmithsonian InstitutionWashington , DC
Signature Book Printing, Inc. -- Book Printer -- The Mazon Creek Fossil Flora by Jack Wittry, 11 July 2012 [cached]
From Dr. Bill DiMichele,Smithsonian Institution
William DiMichele, curator ... [cached]
William DiMichele, curator of fossil plants at the Smithsonian Institution, will discuss "Variable Effects of Global Warming on Vegetation of the Pennsylvania 'Coal-Age' Tropics" at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14.
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