Perhaps if she had posted a selfie with the fossil, scientists would have noticed its significance years sooner.
Except that isn’t a plant?!?
Every link about Charnia in that piece goes to a page or site that explains that these things aren’t plants. But since this is a piece that claims that one fossil “solved Charles Darwin’s most vexing problem,” it’s probably too much to ask that the author would have read the things they linked to.
P.S. I suspect that Mr. Darwin’s most vexing problem was panic disorder.
Yes, that’s a strange lapse in the article, and it’s repeated a couple times.
These days, “science’s most vexing problem” is whatever puzzle the particular scientist is trying to solve in that particular article in the popular science press. Hence it is solved many times each day.
Last I read was that Darwin was most vexed by flowering plants.
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