A 164-million-year-old plant fossil is the oldest example of a flowering bud

petrified Florigerminis Jurassica A plant with a defined stem, bulbous fruit and petrified flower bud (marked with white arrow). (Image credit: NIGPAS)

Researchers have discovered the first example of a flower bud in a 164-million-year-old plant fossil in China. This discovery strongly pushes the emergence of flowering plants in Jurassic العصر, between 145 million and 201 million years ago.

The fossil, which was discovered in the Inner Mongolia region of China, is 1.7 inches (4.2 cm) long and 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide. It has a stem, leafy twig, bulbous fruit, and a small flower bud about 3 square millimeters in size. The researchers named the new species Florigerminis Jurassica.

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