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Physalis Fossils

by | Apr 19, 2018 | Physalis Project

How old is the genus Physalis? Check out the article below to read about tomatillo fossils discovered early last year in Patagonia, Argentina. This discovery marks the earliest findings of the Solanaceae family to date.

South American fossil tomatillos show nightshades evolved earlier than thought | Penn State University

Delicate fossil remains of tomatillos found in Patagonia, Argentina, show that this branch of the economically important family that also includes potatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias and tomatoes existed 52 million years ago, long before the dates previously ascribed to these species, according to an international team of scientists.