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Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina


May 10, 2017

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

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