Fossil evidence of water lilies (Nymphaeales) in the Early Cretaceous

  title={Fossil evidence of water lilies (Nymphaeales) in the Early Cretaceous},
  author={Else Marie Friis and Kaj Raunsgaard Pedersen and Peter R. Crane},
Phylogenetic analyses have identified the water lilies (Nymphaeales: Cabombaceae and Nymphaeaceae), together with four other small groups of flowering plants (the ‘ANITA clades’: Amborellaceae, Illiciales, Trimeniaceae, Austrobaileyaceae), as the first diverging lineages from the main branch of the angiosperm phylogenetic tree, but evidence of these groups in the earliest phases of the angiosperm fossil record has remained elusive. Here we report the earliest unequivocal evidence, based on… CONTINUE READING

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