Remarkable Extinct Flower Specimen Found in Ancient Amber from Myanmar

January 4, 2014 2:04 AM

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The oldest evidence of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant is preserved in a 100-million-year-old piece of amber, according to a report published in the Journal of the Botanical Institute of Texas.

Entombed inside the amber is a cluster of 18 tiny Cretaceous era flowers, one of which is in the process of making new seeds for the next generation. The flowers - from a previously unknown genus and species of now-extinct plant - are in "remarkable" condition, Oregon State University reported Thurs...

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