Temperate plant species took different evolutionary path (Image 4)
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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