Watch: Tomato ancestor evolved 50 million years ago near Antarctica

A new study reveals history of nightshade family. Copyright: Science

The tomato on your sandwich traces its history to a plant that evolved near Antarctica more than 50 million years ago, according to a study published today in Science. Researchers found two fossils compressed into 52.2-million-year-old Patagonian stone, which showcased the flattened silhouettes of ancient lantern fruit. The remains resemble modern-day members of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, eggplants, and tobacco. | Read more ...

Rachael Lallensack