On the Origin of Flowering Plants

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Science  03 Apr 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5923, pp. 28-31
DOI: 10.1126/science.324.5923.28

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Which plant was the mother of all angiosperms? In the fourth essay in Science's series in honor of the Year of Darwin, Elizabeth Pennisi discusses efforts to answer Darwin's question about how flowering plants diversified and spread so rapidly across the globe.