Stegosaurs and flowers go together after all
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02-10-2013, 04:38 PM
Stegosaurs and flowers go together after all
New Fossils Push the Origin of Flowering Plants Back by 100 Million Years to the Early Triassic

Quote:Oct. 1, 2013 — Drilling cores from Switzerland have revealed the oldest known fossils of the direct ancestors of flowering plants. These beautifully preserved 240-million-year-old pollen grains are evidence that flowering plants evolved 100 million years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study in the open-access journal Frontiers in Plant Science.

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It always saddened me a bit to think that stegosaurs never had their day brightened by flowers. Smartass

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02-10-2013, 05:05 PM
RE: Stegosaurs and flowers go together after all
Are they going to try to grow something with the pollen?

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03-10-2013, 10:05 AM
RE: Stegosaurs and flowers go together after all
(02-10-2013 05:05 PM)Dom Wrote:  Are they going to try to grow something with the pollen?

As much as I'd love to have a pre-historic houseplant, the DNA has decayed to the point of uselessness. Bones frozen in ice for up to one million years can theoretically be a source of DNA, but it is apparently impossible to collect the necessary data from a 240 million year old fossil in the ground. So we won't be able to ride Stegosaurus pets through a field of flowers.

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