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Flowering plants pushed back by a mere 100 million years?

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May your overdue charge card balance be so lucky. And how often do plants create news?

You’ve heard of ET. How about ETT = “earlier than thought.”

The less time there is for Darwinian evolution, the less likely it happened in that way. The way that, thanks to the Darwin lobby, US courts have legislated must be taught to students (which makes the Texas school board hearings hilarious, as Darwin’s followers try to legally prevent people from discovering facts).

Anyway, this just in:

Flowering plants may have originated more than 100 million years earlier than previously thought, according to scientists in Switzerland and Germany.

Hey, they’re playin’ our song.

The previously oldest known flowering plant-like pollen dates from the Early Cretaceous period.

But the team described six types of fossil pollen grains from older Middle Triassic core samples that closely resemble these earliest examples.

Happens all the time. Get used to it. It’ll get worse.

Evolution isn’t what your Darwinprof thought.

4 Replies to “Flowering plants pushed back by a mere 100 million years?

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    Mung says:

    But the team described six types of fossil pollen grains from older Middle Triassic core samples that closely resemble these earliest examples.

    Are they saying that these plants did not evolve at all over the course of 100 my?

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    littlejohn says:

    Apparently, or at least the pollen did not change much.

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    lifepsy says:

    5,10,100, what’s the difference? Just more light shed on evolution. And this fits beautifully with the phylogenetic tree. Now we know that flowering plants evolved 100+ million years earlier. Science is self-correcting, you know.

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    lifepsy says:

    Check this critter out:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castorocauda

    Published in 2006, Castorocauda lutrasimilis is a mammal adapted to water (sharing some features with modern beavers and river otters), and also sporting fur and hair. (the first unambiguous appearance of fur in the record and – Wiki: “The hair appears to have been a very advanced dense pelage including guard hairs and underfur“) This creature is “dated” at 164 million years, pushing back semi-aquatic mammals by 110 million years.

    And then recently there is, what is essentially a flying squirrel, Volaticotherium antiquum, discovered recently dated at roughly the same time 164 mya. (pushing back the appearance of gliding mammals by 70 million years)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volaticotherium

    Interesting that the first two times fur appear in the fossil record, it is attached to mammals that are already swimming and gliding.

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