Dominican Amber Produces Again

Dominican_amber-07Excerpt:Dominican Amber Produces Again

OSU researchers struck gold when they discovered a new potentially toxic species of flower preserved in amber. Reminiscent of Jurassic Park, tiny flowers no bigger than a centimeter were plucked from the bowels of a cave system in the Dominican Republic 15 to 45 million years after becoming lodged in tree sap and compressed by the Earth. While the team may not be drilling for DNA, the find represents the first fossilized specimens of the asterids clade in this region.

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