Myanmar is known for its abundance of amber fossils. Everything from dinosaur tail feathers to a 100-million-year-old baby bird have recently been discovered. And now, thanks to researchers from Oregon State University. We know much more about seven, 100 million year old flowers that were discovered in amber from Myanmar.
The flower measures 3.4 to 5 mm, were most likely dislodged from a tree by a dinosaur during the Cretaceous period. At the time, the area would have been a pine forest. The discovery was named Tropidogyne pentaptera by researchers, due to their five, firmly spread out petals. The Greek word for five being “penta” and wings being “ptera”. The flowers were placed in the Cunoniaceae family.
In fact, the well-preserve condition of the flowers allowed scientists to observe that the flowers closely resemble what is known as the New South Wales Christmas Bush found in Australia and Papua-New Guinea. Another closely related species is Australia’s coach wood tree, which can grow to 120 feet.