Scientists Unearth Aisa’s First Fossil Dioscorea Yam Leaf
07, Jan 2019
Prelims level : Recent discoveries Mains level : Nothing much
- A quaint fossilised leaf is one of the most recent finds throwing light on India’s past.
- The leaf fossil is the first of Dioscorea yams from Asia and hints at a Gondwanan origin to these plants, claim scientists.
- The team identified it as a species of Dioscorea, a kind of yam that grows as a herbaceous vine in the humid tropics of India and other countries