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Scientists Find a Fossilized Ancestor of ‘Dinosaur Food’ – The New York Times

This ancient plant might be even more ancient than paleobotanists once believed.

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If you cut with a machete a cycadale today, Mr. Spiekermann said, you will see the same anatomical pattern that you can see in our fossil.
The surviving cycadales are often called living fossils, much like present-day coelacanth fish, which retain many of the same characteristics as ancestral fish from hundreds of millions of years ago.
This lineage endured a pair of cataclysms when most life was killed off the planet. The first occurred at the end of the Permian geological period 250 million years…

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