Cycads are older than dinosaurs and more endangered than any other group of organisms on Earth, but for something with those impressive superlatives, their plight is woefully obscure. If you’ve ever looked at dinosaur art, you know what cycads look like: They’re the flora in the background, palm-like but with stout trunks and large cones. Learn all about this fascinating group of plants, their intriguing reproductive cycle, and the cutting-edge DNA techniques researchers are using to help save them, all in this special NightSchool episode in honor of Dr. Nathalie Nagalingum, the Academy’s McAllister Chair and Associate Curator of Botany.

Featuring: Maia Jones, Jian Liu, & Manuel Luján

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