Earth's first flowers may have emerged up to 256 million years ago: New study on fossils and genetic data could rewrite the timeline of plant evolution



Researchers from the UK and China have discovered that flowers evolved between 149 and 256 million years ago.
They analyzed genetic data on flowering plants and evidence from fossils to come up with the new time frame.
Their work goes against two popular theories about plant evolution - one that says flowering plants are younger, and one that says they are older.
Molecular studies have suggested that flowers evolved earlier, but fossil records influenced some scientists to think they are younger.
'The [new] findings underline the power of using complementary studies based on molecular data... read more

 
6 February 2018 in Science &Technology, Views: 132
Source: Daily Mail
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