Photos: Ancient Flowering Plant May Have Lived with Dinosaurs

Live Science Staff

The ancient plant, Montsechia vidalii, lived underwater and is raising new questions about the planet’s first flowering plants. [Read full story about the ancient plant fossils] Aquatic plant Montsechia vidalii had long shoots and small leaves and likely bloomed underwater. (Credit: David Dilcher, Indiana University) Ancient blooms The fossilized remains of Montsechia vidalii show long- and short-leaved forms of the flowering plant. (Credit: David Dilcher, Indiana University) Underwater pollination Researchers said the plant appears to have relied on water currents alone to move its pollen about. (Credit: David Dilcher, Indiana University) Ancient find The ancient plant is about 125 million to 130 million years old, and lived in the early Cretaceous period.

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