Resources: Evolution of Plants



[DVD] First Flower. WGBH Educational Foundation; a Nova production (2008)


Univ California Berkeley paleobotany website (info and tutorials)

UC Berkeley online Museum of Paleontology (comprehensive resources)

Victoria Museum, Australia website Plant fossils


On the origin of flowering plants. Elizabeth Pennisi. Science, April 3, 2009, Vol 324, pp 28-31

Building beauty. Rachel Ehrenberg. Science News, April 11, 2009, 23-25.

Secrets In A Seed: Clues Into The Evolution Of The First Flowers

The origin of flowering plants. Scientific American, Nov 08, 2000.

Flowering plants evolved very quickly into 5 groups

Insight Into Evolution Of First Flowers

Darwin’s Mystery Of Appearance Of Flowering Plants Explained

Explosive Growth Of Life On Earth Fueled By Early Greening Of Planet

Woody Plants Adapted To Past Climate Change More Slowly Than Herbs

New fossil plant discovery links Patagonia to New Guinea in a warmer past

Newly Discovered Snow Roots Are 'Evolutionary Phenomenon'

New Discovery Suggests Trees Evolved Camouflage Defense Against Long Extinct Predator


The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth’s History. D.J. Beerling. Oxford University Press (2007)

The Evolutionary Biology of Plants. K.J. Niklas. Chicago University Press (1997)

Green Plants: Their Origin and Diversity. P.R. Bell and A.R. Hemsley. Cambridge University Press (2000)