Here is my entry for the weekly photo challenge “minimalist.” Archaefructus is an extinct genus of herbaceous aquatic seed plants with 3 known species. Fossil material assigned to this genus originates from the Yixian Formation in northeastern China, originally dated as late Jurassic but now thought to be approximately 125 million years old, or early Cretaceous in age. Even with its revised age, Archaefructus has been proposed to be one of the earliest known genera of flowering plants. This is a photo of the Archaefructus Liaoningensis fossil at the Chaoyang Paleontological Museum in northeast China.
Posted by: danielfee | November 7, 2014