Orchid fossil reveals flowers' domination of Earth

2019-02-27 05:01:01

(Image: Santiago Ramírez) (Image: Gustavo Romero) Forget mammals – flower power may have ruled after the dinosaurs died out. So say researchers who have discovered the first fossil orchid, a 15 to 20-million-year-old pollen specimen encased in amber, in the Dominican Republic. The Orchidaceae family boasts the largest of all flowering plants, but it is poorly understood,