Takeaways:

  • Six species of ferns new to science have been described in Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
  • Most of these ferns have been preserved as specimens going back decades, even as far back as the 1800s.
  • “We are especially interested in what factors determine which species grow where and why, and what are the drivers behind the evolution of new species”, said Hanna Tuomisto, a professor at the University of Turku

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