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Beetles pollinated orchids millions of year ago, fossil evidence shows
However, certain beetles are known to pollinate plants as well, and new fossil evidence indicates that they were doing so 20 million years ago ... in pollinating orchids than originally thought, and that they have been doing so for some 20 million years ... read more
Ancient Beetles Pollinated Orchids 20 Million Years Ago
Certain beetles are known to pollinate plants. New fossil evidence from Mexican and Dominican fossilized amber indicates that they were doing so 20 million years ago ... orchids than originally thought, and that they have been doing so for some 20 million ... read more
Pollination isn't just for bees and butterflies: Fossils reveal BEETLES have helped spread pollen grains for 45 million years
Beetles that lived up to 45 million years ago have been found preserved in ... ‘Beetles may play a more important role in pollinating orchids than originally thought, and they have been doing so for some 20 million years.’ While it was previously ... read more
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Scientists discover orchid fossil trapped in amber dating back at least 45 million years
The finding shatters the previous record for an orchid fossil found in Dominican amber about 20-30 million years old. The orchid family has some 28,000 species ... including bees, beetles, flies and gnats. The entire pollination unit is known as ... read more
Amazing Orchids: Some May be Tricksters, Some May Stink
Dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago. The location and shape of ... to which these plants are very sensitive. Some orchids in fact stink, like dung for example, attracting pollinating beetles, like the bog-orchid (Platanthera) of the Rocky Mountains. read more
Oldest orchid fossil identified in Baltic amber
SAN FRANCISCO, May 4 (Xinhua) -- An orchid fossil, trapped in Baltic amber that dates back some 45 million years to 55 million years ago, has been identified ... including bees, beetles, flies and gnats. The entire pollination unit is known as a pollinarium. read more
Oldest orchid fossil dating back 45-55 million-years-old discovered!
The new discovery has surpassed the earlier record, set when the last orchid fossil was found dating back 20-30 million-years-old in Dominican amber. The orchid family has some 28,000 ... bees, beetles, flies and gnats. The entire pollination unit is ... read more
Orchids likely bloomed when dinosaurs lived
Encased in a block of amber, the remains of an extinct, stingless bee (Proplebeia dominicana) with a clump of orchid pollen stuck to its back indicate the flowering plants arose some 76 million to 84 million years ago, much sooner than many scientists had ... read more
Orchids’ dazzling diversity explained
A treatise on the pollination of orchids ... report this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Next, some orchids evolved an aerial lifestyle. By 35 million years ago, many had become epiphytes, plants that cling to trees. This shift opened ... read more
Which life form dominates Earth?
If insects - of which 40% of species are beetles - were not about, for example, most plants would not get pollinated and so would not ... have been able to colonise land as they did some 470 million years ago without the fungi that help enhance their ... read more