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What Flowers Looked Like 100 Million Years Ago

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Flowering plants with at least 300,000 species are by far the most diverse group of plants on Earth. They include almost all the species used by people for food, medicine, and many other purposes. However, flowering plants arose only about 140 million years ago, quite late in the evolution of plants, toward the end of the age of the dinosaurs, but since then have diversified spectacularly. No one knows exactly how this happened, and the origin and early evolution of flowering plants and especially their flowers still remains one of the biggest enigmas in biology, almost 140 years after Charles Darwin called their rapid rise in the Cretaceous "an abominable mystery". A new study, coordinated by Juerg Schoenenberger from the University of Vienna and Hervé Sauquet of the Université Paris-Sud and published in "Nature Communications" reconstructs the evolution of flowers and sheds new light on what the earliest flowers might have looked like.

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Earth Likely to Warm More Than 2 Degrees This Century

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A new UW statistical study shows only 5 percent chance that Earth will warm less than 2 degrees, what many see as a "tipping point" for climate, by the end of this century.

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Central American Wildlife in Danger, Eastern US Birds, New Glow Shark, and More in the Wildlife News Source

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People and Wildlife Now Threatened by Rapid Destruction of Central America’s Forests

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Central America’s largest remaining forests are disappearing at a precipitous rate due to illegal cattle ranching, oil palm plantations, and other human-related activities, all of which are putting local communities and the region’s wildlife species at high risk.

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NUS Study: Aggressive Spiders Are Quick at Making Accurate Decisions and Better at Hunting Unpredictable Preys

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Two studies by scientists from the National University of Singapore unveiled interesting findings about the relationship between personality traits of spiders and their decision-making as well as hunting styles.

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Get a Whiff of This - Cornell Corpse Flower Set for First Outdoor Bloom

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How does a giant, foul-smelling plant from the tropics fare in an outdoor garden in New York? We will soon find out.

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Pangolins in Trouble, Cash for Carbon, Flood Forecasting, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

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Study Reveals Origin of Modern Dog Has a Single Geographic Origin

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By analyzing the DNA of two prehistoric dogs from Germany, an international research team led by Krishna R. Veeramah, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolution in the College of Arts & Sciences at Stony Brook University, has determined that their genomes were the probable ancestors of modern European dogs. The finding, to be published in Nature Communications, suggests a single domestication event of modern dogs from a population of gray wolves that occurred between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.

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Shadow of a Cub Brings More Hope for Tigers in Russia

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A photograph just released by PROO Tiger Center provides further evidence that tigers are re-colonizing lost habitat in Russia.

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FSU Researcher Makes Deep-Sea Coral Reef Discovery in Depths of North Pacific

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FSU researcher discovers unlikely coral reefs in the hostile waters of the North Pacific.







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