The Ginkgoaceae is a family of gymnosperms which appeared during the Mesozoic Era, of which the only extant representative is Ginkgo biloba, which is for this reason sometimes regarded as a living fossil. Formerly, however, there were several other genera, and forests of ginkgo existed. Because leaves can take such diverse forms within a single species, these are a poor measure of diversity, although differing structures of wood point to the existence of diverse ginkgo forests in ancient times.
|Jurassic Ginkgo leaves|
- "Ginkgoopsida". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
- "Ginkgopsida". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
- "Ginkgoales". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
- "Ginkgoaceae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.