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Largest flower present in amber was frozen in time tens of millions of years in the past



This lovely flower was trapped in amber between 33 million and 38 million years in the past, preserving it in beautiful element


12 January 2023

This fossil flower was trapped in Baltic amber because it launched pollen

Carola Radke, MfN

The most important fossil of a flower preserved in amber has been described intimately 150 years after it was first studied – revealing that it was captured because it launched its pollen. Evaluation of that pollen has led to its reclassification as a unique species.

The fossilised flower was initially found and described in 1872, says Eva-Maria Sadowski on the Pure Historical past Museum in Berlin, Germany. The five-petalled flower, which is about 28 millimetres in diameter, is encased in …

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