Temperate plant species took different evolutionary path (Image 1)
San Gabriel alumroot (Heuchera abramsii) is a rare perennial herb found only on the rocky slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California. New research has 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 1 of 4 related images. See Image 2.]
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: Ryan Folk, Florida Museum of Natural History
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