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The origin of flowers: DNA of storied plant provides insight into the evolution of flowering plants, study finds
December 19, 2013
The newly sequenced genome of the Amborella plant addresses Darwin's "abominable mystery"--the question of why flowers suddenly proliferated on Earth millions of years ago.
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