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SMU paleobotanist Bonnie F. Jacobs is sharing with the public her scientific field work in Ethiopia as it happens, in real time, through posts filed to The New York Times’ Scientist at Work” blog.

Jacobs, one of a handful of the world’s experts on the fossil plants of ancient Africa, is part of a team of paleontologists hunting plant and animal fossils in Ethiopia’s prolific Mush Valley. Jacobs is an associate professor in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.

The Times’ “Scientist at Work” blog features scientists’ first-person accounts of their field work as it unfolds day by day. Jacobs filed her first post on Dec. 27 as the scientific team she is part of arrived in Ethiopia. Her fourth — and final — post of the current field season, “A Last Look at Mush Valley,” was published January 21.

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