Researchers at the Federal University of Pioi in Brazil and others recently reported in the international journal Paleobotany and Spore Powder Review that they have discovered two new extinct plant species dating back 280 million years. Both extinct species are naked plants, close relative pine trees, and were found in the New York town along the Banaiba River, said Dr. Juan Cisneros, head of the paleontology lab at the Center for Natural Sciences at the Federal University of Piai, according to local media reports.
“We found the fossilized trunk semen on the banks of the Banaiba River, and after analysis by our university laboratory and laboratory in Porto Alegre in southern Brazil, we believe that the two species lived earlier than the dinosaurs lived,” Cisneros said. “
The two newly discovered species were named Novaiorquepitys (meaning New York bone marrow, a town commemorating the discovered species) and Yvirapitys (the bone marrow of wood, derived from the local indigenous language).
Cisneros believes the discovery could help to understand Brazil’s environment at the end of the Paleogenous. “These plants show edgy conditions in Pioi,” he said. “