A box of rare daisies dating back to the mid 19th century has been destroyed by Australian biosecurity officials after a paperwork mix-up. Upsettingly, it’s the second such incident to happen in Australia in recent months.
Scientists have identified one of the earliest flowering plants on Earth. Montsechia vidalii likely lived and reproduced below water. The discovery of the 130-million-year-old fossil suggests aquatic plants were common in the evolution of flowering plants, and that aquatic habitats facilitated their diversification.
Quite by accident, a Smithsonian researcher has uncovered the remains of what appears to be an early Cretaceous-era flowering plant. The remarkable fossil was originally uncovered back in 1971, and it may be the oldest example of its kind from North America.