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Early Jurassic Flowers, Nanjinganthus, from China

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Fossils suggest flowers originated 50 million years 

earlier than thought, eLife, December 18, 2018



Qiang Fu, Jose Bienvenido Diez, Mike Pole, Manuel García 

Ávila, Zhong-Jian Liu, Hang Chu, Yemao Hou, Pengfei Yin, 

Guo-Qiang Zhang, Kaihe Du, Xin Wang. An unexpected 

noncarpellate epigynous flower from the Jurassic of China. 

eLife, 2018; 7 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.38827





Paul H.

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Interesting paper. I remember reading long ago about fossil plants in Liaoning, China, dating to the Early Cretaceous, but Nanjinganthus could indicate a much earlier origin for flowering plants, more effectively synchronizing the timing of the divergence of gymnosperms and angiosperms in the Triassic.

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