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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

First Flower

In a story blooming with beauty and scientific mystery, NOVA investigates the remarkable discovery of an ancient fossil that some leading scientists believe could be the earliest evidence of a flower. "First Flower" probes the controversy sparked by this unique fossil found in a remote area of China where dinosaurs roamed more than 100 million years ago. Does this discovery hold the key to one of science's deepest mysteries? Join us on a detective hunt for the very first flower and explore the still unfolding story of how and why flowers evolved.
"First Flower" will premiere Tuesday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. on most PBS stations. Check your local listings to confirm when it will be broadcast near you:

The list of project participants can be found here:

'David Dilcher continues examining clues to the fossil's origins and age, the fossil also starts to garner controversy. Among the most vocal critics of the find is Stockholm-based paleobotanist Else Marie Friis (editors note: a colleague and a good friend of mine). Friis has made another remarkable discovery captured in the film: tiny, 120 million-year-old flower buds that long ago turned to charcoal. Friis doesn't question that Archaefructus is an ancient flowering plant, but believes earlier examples are yet to be found. (PBS/NOVA)

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