News:Striking Fossil of a 541-Million-Year-Old Algae Reveals How Plant Kingdom Diversified Earlier

Paleontologists have discovered a new genus and species of algae named Protocodium sinense, which predates the genesis of land plants and modern animals and sheds new light on the plant kingdom's early evolution.

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A team from Northwest University in Xi’an, China, led by geology professor Hong Hua and postdoctoral researcher Shu Chai are the ones who discovered the Protocodium fossils.

“Protocodium belongs to a known lineage of green algae and has a surprisingly modern architecture, showing that these algae were already well diversified before the end of the Ediacaran period,” Cédric Aria, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

“Its discovery touches the origin of the entire plant kingdom and puts a familiar name on the organisms that preceded the Cambrian explosion over half a billion years ago, when the world’s first modern ecosystems emerged.”


Chai, Shu, et al. “A Stem Group Codium Alga from the Latest Ediacaran of South China Provides Taxonomic Insight into the Early Diversification of the Plant Kingdom.” BMC Biology, vol. 20, no. 1, Sept. 2022,

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