The evolution of flowering plants

The evolution of flowering plants

Credit: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Around 140 million years ago, flowering plants first burst into life on Earth, heralding the birth of what have become the most diverse, ecologically important plants on the planet and the major food source for humans and animals.

But it took another 40 to 50 million years for this diversification to occur, according to a new study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, that mapped the flowering plants’ entire family tree and evolution.


Published by Cosmos.

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