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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

Amborella female flower 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. Full Story

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