Archaeopteris is the earliest known modern tree

@article{MeyerBerthaud1999ArchaeopterisIT,
  title={Archaeopteris is the earliest known modern tree},
  author={B. Meyer-Berthaud and S. Scheckler and J. Wendt},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1999},
  volume={398},
  pages={700-701}
}
  • B. Meyer-Berthaud, S. Scheckler, J. Wendt
  • Published 1999
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • Archaeopteris is an extinct plant which is of botanical interest for two reasons. It was the main component of the earliest forests until its extinction around the Devonian/Carboniferous boundary, and phylogenetically, it is the free-sporing taxon that shares the most characteristics with the seed plants. Here we describe the largest group of anatomically preserved Archaeopteris remains ever found, from the Famennian marine beds of south-eastern Morocco, and provide the first evidence that, in… CONTINUE READING
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