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Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsFossils Unexpectedly Discovered in Jordan Change Paradigm of Plant Evolution Paleobotanists thought seed plants evolved after the Permian mass extinction, but fossils of early pine trees and other gymnosperms found by the Dead Sea alter timeline. Haaretz, Ruth Schuster, December 25, 2018 https://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/.premium-fossils-unexpectedly-discovered-in-jordan-change-paradigm-of-plant-evolution-1.6783472 Middle East fossils push back origin of key plant groups millions of years By Elizabeth Pennisi, Science https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/12/middle-east-fossils-push-back-origin-key-plant-groups-millions-years Blomenkemper, P., Kerp, H., Hamad, A.A., DiMichele, W.A. and Bomfleur, B., 2018. A hidden cradle of plant evolution in Permian tropical lowlands. Science, 362(6421), pp.1414-1416. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6421/1414 Yours, Paul H.