A Jurassic leap for flowering plants

Comprehensive phylogenomics and molecular dating support a Triassic origin for flowering plants that is substantially earlier than their appearance in the fossil record, leaving a puzzling gap spanning the entire Jurassic period.

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Fig. 1: A proposed timeline for the origin and evolution of flowering plants.


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Mandel, J.R. A Jurassic leap for flowering plants. Nat. Plants 5, 455–456 (2019).

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