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Oldest evidence of sex in flowering plants
BBC ^ | 01/10/14 | Siva Parameswaran

Posted on 01/10/2014 5:23:06 AM PST by Natufian

The oldest evidence of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant - dating back 100 million years - has been found in Burma.

The team discovered a cluster of 18 tiny flowers in a piece of amber; one of them was in the process of making new seeds for the next generation.

Flowering plants caused an enormous change in biodiversity on Earth.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: botany; burma; evolution; flowers; godsgravesglyphs; paleontology

1 posted on 01/10/2014 5:23:06 AM PST by Natufian
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To: Natufian

THis thread is useless without....oh wait. Never mind.


2 posted on 01/10/2014 5:24:00 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Natufian

If you have sex in flowering plants, make sure it isn’t poison ivy.


3 posted on 01/10/2014 5:24:49 AM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: Natufian

Stay out da briars.


4 posted on 01/10/2014 5:26:40 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Poison ivy can produce flowers but it is often spread by runners. In order to really get rid of the nasty stuff (we have a small farm and have been working on this for years), you need to dig deeply into the ground and dump poison on the root system. It will continue to come back but if you mow it regularly it will eventually give up. It loves to hang out with bind weed, wild rose and wild grape vines. Those plants can, if not controlled, kill 30-50 foot high trees. I have scars from serious poison ivy exposure.


5 posted on 01/10/2014 5:29:23 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

You’ll love this! I know a couple that bought their first house. The wife and husband agreed the bamboo privacy hedge was a bit much. So, off the new husband homeowner goes to Home Depot. He buys a bunch of plant poison and sprays it on the bamboo. He was sure this task was over and off to paint his new garage. Nope.. nothing. In fact the bamboo actually looked stronger. Plan 2: He cut all the bamboo down to the ground and then used a series of chemicals to kill it. This little task took him over 2 weeks. Result: the bamboo not only started growing but seemed to thrive. Plan 3: To be fair, at this point of the process, he was beginning to get a little loopy. So, he dug out a trench containing the bamboo roots. He placed some sort of gas down and lit it. Boom... burn! The trench was black as coal and he surely figured he was the winner. A week later.. new bamboo sprouts. Plan 4: After the defeat and near nervous breakdown, the couple sold the house 18 months after moving in. New house? NO BAMBOO anywhere. (My house gift? you guessed it! A bamboo plant)


6 posted on 01/10/2014 6:05:38 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

Great story. At this same farm we have tons of lilac bushes. Funny how you love something and then after cutting them back and living with them for years it’s like, ugg, time to trim the lilacs again. Curse them. But once we were burning yard trash which we can still do out there and it got away from us and burned two of the lilac bushes. We were sort of sad. Now they are the biggest and happiest lilacs out there. Same with the wild roses. I can cut them out and down to the ground but unless we poison and mow them for a year, they come but very happy that we have pruned them back. And I don’t mean that they just sort of come back, they come roaring back and grow up to to a foot er month in the spring and summer.


7 posted on 01/10/2014 6:13:16 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

I have a lilac that is tall but doesn’t blossom. In fact, it hasn’t blossomed in about five years. Hmmmm.... time to pull out the flame thrower! LOL!


8 posted on 01/10/2014 6:32:03 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Did they take pictures and put them on the internet?


9 posted on 01/10/2014 6:33:08 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Mercat

Solution - two goats.


10 posted on 01/10/2014 6:33:40 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: momtothree

Have you tried this?

Luke 13
6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”


11 posted on 01/10/2014 6:34:56 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: momtothree

I’ve heard lilacs love/need a lot of calcium.

You might try buying a bag of lime and spreading a couple pounds around the base.


12 posted on 01/10/2014 6:38:53 AM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: MrB

I’m going to try this. I want my flowering Lilac again. I just adore the smell of the flowers. It is like heaven scent to me.


13 posted on 01/10/2014 6:47:37 AM PST by momtothree
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To: djf

Will try DJF. I will do the manure first.. wait a few weeks and then the calcium. Even if I don’t see an improvement this year... perhaps next. I’ve seen homes that have giant Lilac bushes (darn near look like small trees) and full of blooms. Lucky people!


14 posted on 01/10/2014 6:49:20 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

I love lilacs as well... just don’t have much luck with them.

I had a very well meaning man brushhog our pasture, and he extended his scope to an area that included a just planted lilac. I was sad about it, but hopefully these stories of “cut it back and it thrives” will apply to this little guy.


15 posted on 01/10/2014 6:50:47 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Mercat

This will kill poison ivy.

http://www.spectracide.com/Products-and-Solutions/Lawn-Weed-Killers/Spectracide-Weed-Stop-for-Lawns-Concentrate.aspx


16 posted on 01/10/2014 7:30:26 AM PST by logitech (It is time.)
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To: momtothree

Absolutely. Burn it down or at least cut it way back.


17 posted on 01/10/2014 11:51:46 AM PST by Mercat
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To: MrB

Yes. We want to get fainting goats and guinae hens.


18 posted on 01/10/2014 11:53:45 AM PST by Mercat
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To: logitech

I’ll tell Mr. Mercat. That’s his job. This thread is proof that if you want to have a long lasting and healthy thread, put the word “sex” in the headline.


19 posted on 01/10/2014 11:55:08 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

Get a couple of young bucks - they’re cheap.
Band ‘em and they won’t get stinky, and they are great at clearing brush, vines, poison ivy, etc.

As for the guineas... well, be prepared, they are NOISY birds, but rather entertaining. Stupid ugly things, but I love ‘em.


20 posted on 01/10/2014 12:00:10 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Band them?


21 posted on 01/10/2014 12:01:29 PM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

Castrate with rubber bands specifically made for the task.


22 posted on 01/10/2014 12:09:20 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Ouch. And they’re okay with that? Why not just castrate them?


23 posted on 01/10/2014 12:43:29 PM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

Doesn’t bother them much after the initial shock,
and it’s less messy & prone to infection than a knife.

They just shrivel up and drop off.


24 posted on 01/10/2014 12:52:33 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Okay. Makes sense.


25 posted on 01/10/2014 1:28:17 PM PST by Mercat
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To: momtothree

We had one of those “lilac trees” in the backyard of my old house. It must have been about 9 feet tall and 12 feet diameter. I’m not sure how old it was, but the house was a Victorian built in 1889 and I think a lot of the landscaping was very old, because even the grass was different than the grass in the rest of the neighborhood, and the elm out front was one of the biggest in the area. That bush grew so big that I had to chop about 2-3 feet off one side every year, or it would have overgrown the path to the gate.


26 posted on 01/10/2014 4:40:07 PM PST by Boogieman
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Note: this topic was posted 1/10/2014. Adding to the list, not sending a general distribution. Thanks Natufian.

27 posted on 01/11/2014 5:42:47 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Flowering plants really started to become wide spread around Cretaceous period over a 100 million years ago. which is also the time when CO2 was dropping from 3000 PPM to what it is today.

It is important the cause and effect. Flowering plants create extra carbon. They need the extra carbon for the lower CO2 levels in the Atmosphere that we have today.

28 posted on 01/13/2014 9:40:03 AM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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