Deep Time Project: A Comprehensive Phylogenetic Tree of Living and Fossil Angiosperms

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Archaefructus

Archaefructus (Archaefructaceae) consists of the fossils Archaefructus liaoningensis and A. sinensisis. A new basal angiosperm family was proposed by Sun et al. (2002). The genus are known as complete plants from roots to fertile shoots.


Archaefructus liaoningensis

Archaefructus liaoningensis Sun, Dilcher, Zheng et Zhou (Sun et al., 1998). Fruiting axes and remains of two subtending leaves (Photo courtesy of David Dilcher).


Archaefructus liaoningensis

Archaefructus liaoningensis Sun, Dilcher, Zheng et Zhou (Sun et al., 1998). Carpels showing remains of the adaxial crest, abaxial venation, seeds in each carpel, and finger-like prominences (Photo courtesy of David Dilcher).


Archaefructus sinensis

Archaefructus sinensis Sun, Dilcher, Ji et Nixon (Sun et al., 2002). Whole specimen (holotype) (Photo courtesy of David Dilcher).

Archaefructus sinensis

Reconstruction of Archaefructus sinensis Sun, Dilcher, Ji et Nixon showing terminal shoots. Diagram by K. Simons and D. Dilcher (Sun et al., 2002).


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