Scientists from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas report an incredibly significant discovery from the world of botany. Well, in one of the amber mines in Myanmar (Burma), quite by accident, a flower from 100 million years ago, i.e. from the Cretaceous period, was perfectly preserved in amber. Then dinosaurs walked on the surface of the Earth.
Inspection of this unusual representative of flora showed that it has 50 stamens arranged in a spiral shape, about 2 millimeters wide at the thinnest point and about 2 centimeters high. V. pleristaminis, as this specimen is called, belongs not only to a new genus, but also to a new, previously unknown species.
The new discovery may seem insignificant, but for botanists it is the key to understanding the flora of the supercontinent called Gondwana. The flower preserved in amber probably belongs to the order Lawrence and shows some similarity to the pollen and obturate families.
Scientists intend to conduct a series of studies related to this flower. They hope to find even more other Cretaceous specimens in the mine, perhaps even much earlier. Such discoveries help us understand the process of our planet's evolution and creation of life on it. This knowledge may also be useful when exploring foreign planets and searching for biological traces of organisms there.