A 15 million years old flower perfectly preserved in amber, may give significant evidence about the evolution of life on Earth.
Researchers have discovered a new flower species that has been “perfectly preserved” in amber, much like in the dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park.
The two flowers have been kept intact in the amber for at least 15 million years, according to researchers from Oregon State University and Rutgers University. They are fossil specimens from the rare asterid family, specifically from the genus Strychnos, Forbes reports.“The specimens are beautiful, perfectly preserved fossil flowers, which at one point in time were borne by plants that lived in a steamy tropical forest with both large and small trees, climbing vines, palms, grasses and other vegetation,” said Oregon State’s George Poinar, Jr., whose work inspired the original Jurassic Park novel.
Rutgers botany professor Lena Struwe named the species Strychnos electri after the Greek word for amber. “Strychnos electri has likely been extinct for a long time,” she said in a statement. “But many new species living and, unfortunately, soon-to-be-extinct species are discovered by scientists every year.”
Wow! Amazing that this has been preserved for so long.
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Thanks to Ermal for this great information 😀
Too late for Valentine’s Day, but we think it will last till next year!
haha!! Yeah what’s a year compare to 15 million years!
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Holy Moly. 😀 😀 😀
Now the question is, can they extract DNA, reconstruct the genome and make a modern copy of the flower!
Well maybe they work on it! Let’s be positive!!! ☺
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