Did the first flower look like this? - BBC News
Flowering Plants Article, Flowers Information, Facts -- National Geographic A new study published this week in Nature Communications reconstructs the evolution of flowers over the past million years and sheds new light on what the earliest flowers might have looked flower. Among the most surprising results from the project is a new model of an original ancestral flower that does not match any of the ideas proposed previously -- shedding new light on the early evolution of flowers as well as major patterns in floral evolution across all living flowering plants. According to this new study, the ancestral flower was bisexual, with both female carpels and male stamens parts, and with multiple whorls concentric cycles of petal-like organs, in sets of threes. The study saw an unprecedented international effort to combine information on the structure of flowers with the latest information on the evolutionary tree of flowering plants based on DNA. Flowering plants angiospermswith at leastspecies, are by far the most diverse group of plants on Earth. They include almost all the species used by people for food, medicine, and many first purposes.