The End of Time As We Know It

Scott Wing speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here Festival (11:43)

Scott Wing is the Curator of Fossil Plants at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. He focuses on fossils from the Cretaceous and early Cenozoic periods because they provide a long-term record of evolutionary, ecological and environmental change. He uses these fossil plants to reconstruct past climates and local environments. Wing believes that learning about the history of the earth and the organisms that inhabit it can bring about a greater appreciation for the complexity of nature.