15-million-year fossilized flowers discovered preserved in amber
Biologists have announced the discovery of the first-ever fossil specimens of flowering plants, possibly 15 million years old, that have been preserved in amber all this time.
The fossil “asterids” are the antecedent to a staggering lineage of over 80,000 species, including the potato, tomatoes, tobacco, coffee, and the deadly poison strychnine.
In a paper published on Monday in Nature Plants, biologists explained that the flowery discovery was made in a Dominican Republic cave along with a treasure trove of insects, all preserved in amber.
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EXTINCT, TOXIC FLOWERS DISCOVERED FOSSILIZED IN AMBER
U.S. scientists have discovered a new species of a now-extinct plant, after testing the remains of two flowers that were fossilized in amber. The flowers had been preserved for at least 15 million years and belong to the genus whose species produce the deadly poison strychnine. The full name of the new plant is Styrchnoselectri— electri comes from the Greek word elektron, meaning amber.
The flowers were first collected in 1986 by George Poinar, a professor at Oregon State University. They were among 500 fossils that he had gathered but it wasn’t until 2015 that he began examining the flowers.
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What do you know about the flowers that grow in an English royal garden?
There is a fascinating story to be found at the “English Garden” exhibition now on at the Panasonic Shiodome Museum — that is if you look closely. That tale is of botanical imperialism, namely the desire by the expansionary spirit of the British Empire to send artists and botanists to far-flung, exotic lands to draw, paint, record, collect and occasionally transplant various plant species to new environments.
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Death Valley comes to life as sea of beautiful flowers carpet barren land
If you’ve ever visited Death Valley National Park in California, you’ve probably been surrounded by rock, soil and endless barren land.
But if you go now, you’d be shocked to see it has come to life with a burst of colourful flowers that could turn into a ‘super bloom’.
The flowers have bloomed early and has led to much of the desert land being carpeted with the beautiful colours.
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Now desperate National Lottery chiefs offer Britons cheap flowers to win them back
Organisers Camelot are offering Britons money off bunches of flowers and cheap dinners as a "little thank you for playing Lotto".
The promise of gifts – including discounted meals at Greene King pubs – come after furious punters demanded a mass exodus in protest at changes to the game.
Bosses controversially added 10 new balls in October – meaning players are more likely to date a supermodel than scoop the jackpot.