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World's Oldest Flower
AP has an article about the Science (11/26) paper on the finding of the
world's oldest flower (with picture):
> By PAUL RECER AP Science Writer
> WASHINGTON (AP) - Researchers believe they have discovered fossil
> evidence of the world's oldest flower, at 142 million years: a spindly twig
> with peapod-shaped fruit and a woody stem that looks nothing like a
> rose, an apple blossom or a daisy.
> The flowering plant fossil was found in a rock formation of limestone
> and volcanic ash layers in China, near the town of Beipiao, about 250
> miles northeast of Beijing. The rock beds were once on the bottom of a
> lake that periodically was showered with volcanic ash, Dilcher said.