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Virtual Fossil Collection
The Florida Museum of Natural History hosts the Virtual Fossil Collection, an online database containing photographs and information on Archaefructus and other fossil plant specimens.

The PaleoNet Pages
This site from the Natural History Museum in London provides links to Web pages, listservers, and FTP sites relating to the study of paleobotany.

Solving Charles Darwin's "Abominable Mystery"
Discover how NASA scientists are using chemical fossils to hunt down the world's first flowering plant.

Natural Resources Conservation Service
The USDA offers this extensive Web resource on plant species within the United States. Find thousands of digital images, fact sheets, and more.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
On this Web site from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, search a sizable database of information on North American flowering plants and browse an image gallery containing over 17,000 native plant images.

The Explorers
Find biographies of plant explorers throughout history, from early expeditions in the 18th century to modern field studies.


Fossil Plants
by Paul Kenrick and Paul Davis. Smithsonian Books, 2004.

The Evolution of Plants
by Kathy Willis and J. C. McElwain. Oxford University Press, 2002.

Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants
by Wilson Stewart and Gar Rothwell. Cambridge University Press, 1993.


"In Search of the First Flower: A Jurassic Angiosperm, Archaefructus, from Northeast China"
by Ge Sun et al. Science, November 27, 1998.

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