Biologists have found a flower from a Cretaceous forest

Professor George Poinar Jr. of Oregon State University studied and described a new flower that came to his laboratory from an ancient forest that grew 100 million years ago. The outlandish plant is perfectly preserved in a piece of amber, and Professor Poinar is one of the most respected specialists in the study of such artifacts. The list of his achievements includes descriptions of dozens of species of prehistoric insects, small animals, microorganisms, and now flowers.

The plant was named Valviloculus pleristaminis, it belongs to the angiosperms, is included in the order Laurales, and shows similarities with the families Monimiaceae and Atherospermataceae. The flower is tiny, only 2 mm in diameter, but 50 stamens are located in such a space at once. Their pattern repeats the shape of a spiral, the anthers are directed towards the sky - according to Poynter, the flower was part of a cluster of many similar ones. This specimen is male, but there could be female flowers in the cluster.

The stone in which the flower is enclosed was mined in the amber mines of Myanmar, which geographically belongs to the Block of Western Burma - a piece of land that once broke away from the supercontinent of Gondwana. According to one of the hypotheses, this happened 500 million years ago, but here's the paradox - angiosperms arose no earlier than 100 million years ago. This means that, taking into account the finding, the conditions of tectonic migration of the block will need to be revised.