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When plants conquered land

When plants conquered land
trefwoorden: paleontologie - Oman - fossielen
Evidence from deep beneath the desert in Oman suggests that plant life began its takeover of the Earth's land surfaces about 475 million years ago
The timing is much earlier than previously believed.
Microscopic fossils recovered from boreholes and analysed by Charles Wellman, of the University of Sheffield, UK, and his collaborators Peter Osterloff and Uzma Mohiuddin, indicate that these first land-loving plants were similar to today's liverwort.
"They would have looked a bit like the moss you find on a badly kept lawn," said Paul Kenrick, a palaeobotanist at the Natural History Museum in London, UK.

Lees verder bij: BBC News (18 september 2003)