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World's earliest fossil flowers

World's earliest fossil flowers from specimens is seen in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province, Dec, 18, 2018. [Photo/IC]

The world's first known flower has been unveiled by scientists – beating the previous record by an astonishing 50 million years.

It bloomed more than 174 million years ago during the Early Jurassic period – helping nourish huge plant eating dinosaurs.

World's earliest fossil flowers from specimens is seen in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province, Dec, 18, 2018. [Photo/IC]

It looks like modern plum blossom and had four or five petals and has been named Nanjinganthus dendrostyla -- after where it was unearthed.

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