Tomato and potato precursor - oldest plant ancestor found!

The fossilized remains of a flower entombed in Dominican amber, the first-ever specimen of the family of plants that led to potatoes, tomatoes, and coffee beans have been discovered.   

Researchers from Oregon State and Rutgers universities estimate the flowers to be from 20 million to 30 million years old.

Nature Plants Article number: 16005 (2016)
doi:10.1038/nplants.2016.5