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fern fossil
2014-03-24 07:26:02

Lund University Researchers from Lund University and the Swedish Museum of Natural History have made a unique discovery in a well-preserved fern that lived 180 million years ago. Both undestroyed cell nuclei and individual chromosomes have been found in the plant fossil, thanks to its sudden burial in a volcanic eruption. The well-preserved fossil of a fern from the southern Swedish county of Skåne is now attracting attention in the research community. The plant lived around 180...

Evolutionary Timeline Of Cold Weather Adaptation In Plants
2013-12-23 04:00:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of researchers have compiled the largest-ever dated evolutionary tree of angiosperms, and their efforts have led to new insights into how these flowering plants changed in order to withstand winter weather. The study, which currently appears online in the journal Nature, features evolutionary information on more than 32,000 angiosperm species, including leaf and stem data. They combined that information with freezing...

2013-12-10 23:00:13

Author announces release of ‘A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia’. NORTON, Va. (PRWEB) December 11, 2013 Thomas McLoughlin’s new book, “A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia” (published by Trafford Publishing), is a picture guide to fossil plants and a few fossil marine organisms found in close association with the coal measures in Southwestern Virginia. The fossils are sorted by groups and...

America’s Oldest Flowering Fossil Unearths Dark Civil War Past
2013-12-03 13:14:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A reclassified ancient fossil has not only been named one of North America’s oldest flower plants, but it is also unearthing some of America’s darkest tales. In 1864, during the Civil War Union Army troops forced a group of freed slaves into involuntary labor. The soldiers forced the freed slaves to dig up a canal along the James River at Dutch Gap, Virginia. While digging the canal, the men exposed the ancient fossil with their...

2013-11-12 23:31:56

Author Thomas McLoughlin’s ‘A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia’ heightens the appreciation for the flora and fauna that once lived many years ago Norton, VA (PRWEB) November 12, 2013 “A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia” (published by Trafford Publishing) is a picture guide to fossil plants and a few fossil marine organisms found in close association with the coal measures in Southwestern...

Nondestructive Visualization Techniques Used To Image Ancient Fossils
2013-11-11 12:19:33

[ Watch the Video: Animation of Serial Transverse Section of Pinus pinea Cone ] American Journal of Botany New study integrates visualization techniques to examine 150-million-year-old plant fossils without damaging specimens By integrating high-resolution X-ray imaging (termed microCT), 3D image segmentation, and computer animation, a new study conducted by Carole Gee at the University of Bonn, Germany, demonstrates the visualization of fossils without destroying the material....

Flowering Plants Evolved 100 Million Years Earlier Than Believed
2013-10-02 07:55:56

[ Watch the Video: Flowering Plants Arose In The Early Triassic ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland have uncovered evidence suggesting flowering plants evolved 100 million years earlier than previously believed, according to new research appearing in the open-access journal Frontiers in Plant Science. Flowering plants evolved from extinct plants related to conifers, cycads, ginkgos and seed ferns, and the...

Solving A Mystery: Where Did Flowers Come From?
2012-12-06 14:50:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Beautiful flowers and flowering plants are quite commonplace in our world, a lovely addition to the natural landscape of things. Flowers have even helped shape our history and our art for thousands of years, acting as a symbol of beauty, love and passion. Though we simply acknowledge flowers as familiar and standard, there remains one mystery about these colorful and often vibrant angiosperms: Where did they originate?...

2012-05-15 22:26:14

Ancient plants grown in state-of-the-art growth chambers recreating environmental conditions from more than 400 million years ago have shown scientists from the University of Sheffield how soil dwelling fungi played a crucial role in the evolution of plants. This ground breaking work provides fundamental knowledge of how plants colonized the land before roots evolved and the co-evolution of one of the most ancient relationships, between fungi and early plants that played a founding role in...

Ancient Forest In NY More Diverse Than Scientists Thought
2012-03-02 05:38:06

[ Watch the Video ] After unearthing a previously unknown portion of one of the planet´s earliest known forests, archeologists say the fossils of 385-million-year-old trees reveal a far more diverse ecosystem than researchers had previously thought existed. Partially uncovered by quarry workers in 1870, the ancient forest beneath the tiny town of Gilboa, N.Y. has been of intense interest to paleobotanists since the 1920s. Dating back to the Devonian Period, researchers early on...


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Petrified Forest National Park
2013-04-24 16:53:26

Petrified Forest National Park is located in the state of Arizona in the United States. The park holds 221,552 acres of land, of which 50,260 acres are comprised of a designated wilderness. The area was once inhabited by Native American tribes including the basket maker and pueblo peoples. The first American explorers to enter the area arrived while searching for good routes leading from east to west. This group, led by Army Lieutenant Amiel Whipple, surveyed the northern area of the...

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