Oddity 2: Fossilised flower in amber perhaps 30 million yrs old

It’s a day of oddities. Here’s the second one. A perfectly preserved fossilised flower, discovered encased in amber and dug out of an amber mine in the Dominican Republic some 30 years ago, is now classified as Strychnos electri.

The research paper in Nature Plants describes its etymology, while The Guardian has a more accessible report – Fossilised flower is beautiful, deadly and new to science.

Photograph: George Poinar

Photograph: George Poinar

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