A fossil flowering plant, named Nanjinganthus, showing its ovary (bottom center), sepals and petals (on the sides) and a tree-shaped top.Image: Fu et al., 2018, eLIFE
Evolution of blooming flowers has been advanced to the Early Jurassic era - life short science news

A new fossil shows that plants with flowers existed already during the Early Jurassic epoch, some 174 million years ago.

The fossil has been found in the South Xiangshan Formation, an outcrop of rocks in the Nanjing region of China, and is about 50 million years older than the now second oldest fossil of a flowering plant.

This discovery fits with existing genetic data that suggested that flowers must have evolved earlier than previously thought.

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Scientific publication: eLIFE

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