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Dominican Republic’s amber cache yields another treasure

Dominican Republic’s amber cache gives up another treasure

Santo Domingo.- A tropical flower has been seen for the first time in 45 million years after scientists discovered the plant encased in amber in the Dominican Republic, reports Monday.

Dominican Republic has the world’s largest cache of plants and animals encased in amber, a tree resin crystalized for millions of years.

Closely linked to modern daisies, mints and tomatoes the perfectly intact flower fossil is named Strychnos electri.

It is hoped the discovery will assist scientists to determine how major evolutionary groups of flowering plants spread across the globe.

“From just this flower we are able to tell that this group of plants was present in mid-Tertiary forest in the Caribbean, and not just this species, but that representatives from a large group of flowering plants, the asterids, had formed and were in full speciation mode,” Associate Professor Lena Stuwe, director of the Chrysler Herbarium at Rutgers University told the ABC.

The new discovery belongs to the Loganiaceae family and contains attributes of the Strychnos genus.

Source: DT

Feb 16, 2016

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