Paleontologists find fossil relative of Ginkgo biloba

Reconstruction of the ancient, dinosaur-era relative of today's Ginkgo biloba plant. A discovery of well-preserved fossil plants by paleontologists from the United States, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia has allowed researchers to identify a distant relative of the living plant Ginkgo biloba.
The find helps scientists better understand the evolution and diversity of ancient seed plants.
The fossils, from the species Umaltolepis mongoliensis, date back to the early Cretaceous Period (some 100-125 million years ago). Scientists discovered ... More at
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