Eocene lantern fruits from Gondwanan Patagonia and the early origins of Solanaceae

@article{Wilf2017EoceneLF,
  title={Eocene lantern fruits from Gondwanan Patagonia and the early origins of Solanaceae},
  author={P. Wilf and M. R. Carvalho and M. Gandolfo and N. R. C{\'u}neo},
  journal={Science},
  year={2017},
  volume={355},
  pages={71 - 75}
}
Shedding light on fossil lantern fruit The Solanaceae (or nightshades) are one of the best-studied plant families, yet their evolutionary origins have thus far been relatively obscure. Corroborative fossil evidence of molecular phylogenetic divergence dates has been lacking. Wilf et al. present 52-million-year-old fossils of lantern fruits from Argentina, which they ascribe to the modern genus Physalis. These fossil finds suggest a much earlier origin of the lantern fruit lineage and indicate… Expand
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