The mother of all flowers: Scientists reconstruct a 140 million-year-old bisexual plant that is the source of all today's 300,000 species
The original flower from which all flowering plants on Earth came from has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time.
Researchers have recreated the key characteristics of this 140 million-year-old bisexual flower, which resembled a water lily.
Their model suggests that the ancestral flower had both female and male parts, and multiple whorls of petal-like organs in sets of threes.
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HOW DID THEY CREATE THE MODEL? To create the reconstruction, researchers combined three different approaches.
First, they studied 136 fossil records and attempted to identify... read more
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