Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina

05/16/2017 12:59 PM EDT

two fossilized flowers next to each were discovered in shales of the Salamanca Formation

Around 66 million years ago, at the end of the Cretaceous period, a giant asteroid crashed into the present-day Gulf of Mexico, leading to the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs. How plants were affected is less understood, but fossil records show that ferns were the first plants to recover many thousands of years afterward. Now, a team including Cornell University researchers reports the discovery of the first fossilized flowers from South America.

Full story at http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2017/05/oldest-buckthorn-fossilized-flowers-found-argentina

Cornell University

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