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Image of the Day: Primordial Plants

This ancient relative of the Ginkgo biloba (Umaltolepis mongoliensis) dates back 100 million years, to the early Cretaceous Period.

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Reconstruction of the ancient, dinosaur-era relative of today's Ginkgo biloba plant.FABIANY HERRERA & PATRICK HERENDEEN

(See F. Herrara et al., “The presumed ginkgophyte Umaltolepis has seed-bearing structures resembling those of Peltaspermales and Umkomasiales,” PNAS doi:10.1073/pnas.1621409114, 2017.) 

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