The earliest angiosperms: evidence from mitochondrial, plastid and nuclear genomes

  title={The earliest angiosperms: evidence from mitochondrial, plastid and nuclear genomes},
  author={Y. Qiu and J. Lee and F. Bernasconi-Quadroni and D. Soltis and P. Soltis and Michael J. Zanis and E. Zimmer and Z. Chen and V. Savolainen and M. Chase},
  • Y. Qiu, J. Lee, +7 authors M. Chase
  • Published 1999
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Angiosperms have dominated the Earth's vegetation since the mid-Cretaceous (90 million years ago), providing much of our food, fibre, medicine and timber, yet their origin and early evolution have remained enigmatic for over a century. One part of the enigma lies in the difficulty of identifying the earliest angiosperms; the other involves the uncertainty regarding the sister group of angiosperms among extant and fossil gymnosperms. Here we report a phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequences of… CONTINUE READING
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