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Charred flowers and the fossil record

20:00 EDT 12 Jun 2017 | AAAS

(Geological Society of America) One of the main types of fossil used to understand the first flowering plants (angiosperms) are charred flowers. These charcoals were produced in ancient wildfires, and they provide some evidence for the types of plants that grew millions of years ago. However, when fires burn they not only produce charcoal, but they also destroy it.

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