10/2/2013

Flowering plants may have existed 100 million years earlier than previously thought, appearing along with the first known dinosaurs, researchers said. Fossils of ancient pollen grains have been found in Switzerland dating to the Middle Triassic period, about 245 million years ago, giving scientists evidence of the flowers. "Flowering plants were the last group of plants appearing in Earth's history. They are an extremely successful group on which all terrestrial ecosystems today depend, including the existence of humanity," said paleobotanist and study co-author Peter Hochuli of the Paleontological Institute and Museum at the University of Zurich.

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