Fascinating article on, well, A Fossilised Flower In Amber With Its Pollinator.
Prof. Jeff Ollerton - ecological scientist and author
There have been only a handful of occasions in my professional life when I’ve been sent a manuscript to review that has caused my jaw to hit the floor with amazement. The last time it occurred was July 2016 when I received a request to review a study that claimed to have found a fossil flower in amber, with an associated pollinator. Not only that, but the flower appeared to belong to a species of asclepiad (Apocynaceae subfamily Asclepiadoideae) – the plant group on which I have focused a good deal of my attention over the years. Even better, the study was by George Poinar, the originator of the idea to extract DNA from amber-encased fossils, thus inspiring Jurassic Park. George is also the author of two books (Life in Amber and Quest for Life in Amber) that made a big impression on me when I was a PhD student…
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