Living Fossil Younger than Thought

@article{Renner2011LivingFY,
  title={Living Fossil Younger than Thought},
  author={S. Renner},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={334},
  pages={766 - 767}
}
  • S. Renner
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
Cycads survived an evolutionary bottleneck to diversify into today's ∼300 species. The fossil records of some living organisms show that they were once more abundant and widespread than today. These organisms are sometimes called “living fossils,” especially when their morphology closely resembles that of their fossils. Classic examples are coelacanths, the Ginkgo tree, and cycads (see the figure). On page 796 of this issue, Nagalingum et al. (1) show that today's cycads evolved from a small… Expand

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