Without any sort of preserved fossils or evidence for what it may have looked like, researchers who have been hunting for the first flowering planet – from which all others evolved – had to get creative.
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A research team collected data on nearly 13,500 different floral characteristics – the largest example of such a data set – and ran statistical analysis to see what the first flower may have looked like, more than 140 million years ago.
The result was published in August’s Nature Communications magazine.
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