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Study: Ferns Younger, 'Smarter' Than Believed

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Study: Ferns Younger, 'Smarter' Than Believed

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Study: Ferns Younger, 'Smarter' Than Believed

Study: Ferns Younger, 'Smarter' Than Believed

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Scientists have long believed ferns evolved way before flowering plants appeared, and have been evolutionary dead ends ever since. But new findings in the journal Nature suggest the arrival of flowering plants actually stimulated ferns to evolve and thrive. NPR's Christopher Joyce reports.