DARWIN'S ABOMINABLE MYSTERY - THE ORIGIN OF THE ANGIOSPERMS
Rise of the Angiosperms
Dominance of the Angiosperms
Darwin's "abominable mystery" - see historical perspective
When did Angiosperms arise?
What were the first Angiosperms?
Where did Angiosperms arise?
What were the ancestors of Angiosperms?
Why did the Angiosperms become dominant?
Fossil record of the Angiosperms - see geological time scale
3 lineages of Angiosperm pollen
Dominance and diversification of Angiosperm pollen
Diversification of Angiosperm leaf fossils
Flowers and fruits
Problems with preconceived ideas on primitive Angiosperm flowers/fruits
Diversity of flowers and inflorescences - see recent surprises
What were the earliest floral fossils? - see reading of Sun et al. & picture
Summary of flower/fruit fossil record
Controversies with the origin of Angiosperms
The primitive Angiosperm - see molecular phylogeny
The place and time of the origin of Angiosperms - see other views
Phylogenetic evidence for closest relatives
Putative Gymnosperm ancestor
Gnetales - not anymore!
Bennettitales and other "seed ferns"
Rise to dominance of the Angiosperms
Co-evolution of Angiosperms and insects
Anenomophily to entomophily
Beetle pollination and rewards
Cenozoic rise of insects