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Oldest buckthorn fossilized flowers found in Argentina
May 10, 2017
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.
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