Flowering plants evolved 149 to 256 million years ago. Credit: bigstockphoto
Flowers appeared on Earth 149 to 256 million years ago

A new study gives a new estimate for the evolution of flowering plants. Researchers used a multidisciplinary approach, combining molecular data, fossil record and different approaches to assess the evolutionary time scale. They concluded that flowers first appeared on Earth between 149 and 256 million years ago. Previous estimates were conflicting, with older dates provided by molecular studies and more recent dates provided by literal interpretation of their fossil record. This new research helps solve the contradiction by combining both approaches to give a more precise estimation for the evolution of flowers.

Read the full story: University College London
Scientific publication: New Phytologist