Ferns diversified in the shadow of angiosperms

@article{Schneider2004FernsDI,
  title={Ferns diversified in the shadow of angiosperms},
  author={Harald Schneider and Eric Schuettpelz and Kathleen M. Pryer and Raymond B. Cranfill and Susana Magall{\'o}n and Richard Lupia},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2004},
  volume={428},
  pages={553-557}
}
The rise of angiosperms during the Cretaceous period is often portrayed as coincident with a dramatic drop in the diversity and abundance of many seed-free vascular plant lineages, including ferns. This has led to the widespread belief that ferns, once a principal component of terrestrial ecosystems, succumbed to the ecological predominance of angiosperms… CONTINUE READING