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Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Today 19:07 GMT

A seminal event in the Earth's history - when plants appeared on land - may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought.

"Land plants emerged on land half a billion years ago, tens of millions of years older than the fossil record alone suggests," said study author, Dr Philip Donoghue of the department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. "This changes perception of the nature of early terrestrial environments, displacing pond scum in favour of a flora that would have tickled your toes - but not reached much higher.


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