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Genes Reveal New Clues About The First Flower

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December 20, 2000
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Penn State -- Eberly College Of Science
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Penn State researchers have performed the most extensive study yet in an attempt to learn what the first flowering plants may have looked like. The genetic analysis was designed to find the first flower's closest living next of kin among 150 species whose genetic origins are thought to be the most ancient. The analysis revealed that the title of "oldest living flower" is shared by two very different-looking plants--water lilies and a rare woody shrub named Amborella.

Penn State researchers have performed the most extensive study yet in an attempt to learn what the first flowering plants may have looked like. The genetic analysis was designed to find the first flower's closest living next of kin among 150 species whose genetic origins are thought to be the most ancient. The analysis revealed that the title of "oldest living flower" is shared by two very different-looking plants--water lilies and a rare woody shrub named Amborella.


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