New fossils found in Switzerland push the origin of flowering plants back 100 million years to the early Triassic Period. Flowering plants were thought to have evolved 140 million years ago based on an uninterrupted sequence of fossilized pollen records. But new, well-preserved pollen grain fossils say they originated much earlier. And just what would the plants had look like? Atthat time Switzerland was near the subtropics, but was drier in areas that weren’t near the Barents Sea, so most likely the flowers were across a broad ecological range.