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100-million-year old amber fossil reveals ancient reproduction in flowering plants

Last Updated: Monday, January 06, 2014, 18:24

Researchers have discovered a 100-million-year old piece of amber which reveals the oldest evidence of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant- a cluster of 18 tiny flowers from the Cretaceous Period.

Fossil data yields understanding of Darwin’s `abominable mystery`

Last Updated: Friday, December 07, 2012, 21:01

New research has shed new light on what Charles Darwin famously called "an abominable mystery": the apparently sudden appearance and rapid spread of flowering plants in the fossil record.