Throughout history people have used flowers to express their feelings, enhance their living areas, and to commemorate important rituals and observances. The first evidence of plant life was woody magnolia-like plants dating back 93 million years. Even more recently, Paleobotanists have discovered small herb-like flower fossils dating back 120 million years. Numerous images of preserved flowers and flower parts have been found in fossils located in Sweden, Portugal, England,
and along the Eastern and Gulf coasts of the Unites States.