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Complex plants were first to conquer land: study

Before the first land plants appeared on Earth around half a billion years ago, Earth would have looked recognizable with no grass, trees or even mosses. Up until now, mosses and their relatives the hornworts and liverworts have been regarded as the first true plants on dry land. The simplest of these are liverworts and were believed to be the first on land. In a new study published in the journal Current Biology, a team involving scientists from Cardiff University modelled the molecular sequences and showed that…