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Temperate plant species took different evolutionary path (Image 4)

Whiplash saxifrage (<em>Saxifraga flagellaris</em>)

Whiplash saxifrage (Saxifraga flagellaris) is native to the high Arctic, the Rocky Mountains and Norway. Researchers have uncovered an evolutionary pattern in temperate species -- organisms that live in areas with warm summers and cold winters -- that differs from previous hypothesis of how tropical organisms evolved. [Image 4 of 4 related images. Back to Image 1.]

This research was supported by the National Science Foundation (grants DBI 15-23667 and DBI 14-58640). 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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