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.

Mar 8, 2017
The Scientist Staff

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.)