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June 27, 2019

Micranthes atrata lives in the alpine tundra

Micranthes atrata lives in the alpine tundra of the Tibetan Plateau in Central and East China. Tens of millions of years ago, plants in the order Saxifragales were extreme specialists, inhabiting the few cold regions of a more tropical Earth until a cooling climate opened new habitats.

Researchers at the Florida Museum of Natural History have uncovered an evolutionary pattern in temperate species that differs from previous hypothesis of how tropical organisms evolved. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation (grants DBI 1523667 and DBI 1458640).

Learn more in the Florida Museum news story Plant lineage points to different evolutionary playbook for temperate species. (Date image taken: 2010-2019; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: June 27, 2019)

Credit: Rebecca Stubbs, Florida Museum of Natural History

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