Palaeobiology: The missing link in Ginkgo evolution

  title={Palaeobiology: The missing link in Ginkgo evolution},
  author={Z. Zhou and Shaolin Zheng},
  • Z. Zhou, Shaolin Zheng
  • Published 2003
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The maidenhair tree, or Ginkgo, is a gymnosperm that has been described as a 'living fossil' because it is known to have existed early in the Jurassic period 170 million years (Myr) ago, but a full understanding of its evolution has been impeded by a gap in the fossil record of more than 100 Myr — a crucial period during which the modern ovulate organs evolved from the Jurassic type. Here we describe a new Ginkgo fossil that was collected from the Lower Cretaceous fossil Lagerstätte (the Yixian… CONTINUE READING
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