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Early prehistoric plants, artwork

Early prehistoric plants, artwork

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WALTER MYERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY WALTER MYERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Early prehistoric plants. Computer artwork of Cooksonia caledonica plants on a mound of ancient lava at sunset during the Late Silurian period (445-416 million years ago). The first land-based plants to emerge from the waters were simple plants, only a few inches tall, consisting of slender branching stalks with rounded structures called sporangia. The sporangia, common to fungi and non-seed plants today, produced and contained the spores required for reproduction. Cooksonia were an important component of the Earth's flora until the early Devonian period (about 416 million years ago).

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