Eye on EESI Research

Peter Wilf (photo)

November 2013

Fresh fruit? How about a 52.2 million-year-old tomatillo.

That's what Peter Wilf, professor of geosciences and an EESI associate, found as part of his work in Argentina. Information on the discovery caught the attention of the media when Wilf presented it at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver.

"Though flattened, the ancient fruit ... looks remarkably like a modern version of the popular salsa ingredient," Live Science notes in a story about the finding.

The discovery is part of the work Wilf, professor of geosciences at Penn State, and other researchers are doing in Laguna del Hunco in Argentina.

"There's so much left to discover," Wilf remarked in a radio interview with KPCC on the topic.

Read the Live Science story here Live Science

Listen to an interview Wilf did with "Take Two" on 89.3 KPCC Southern California public radio KPCC radio