Monday, 27 January 2014

”100-Million-Year-Old” Flowers Look Modern, Darwin’s Abominable Mystery Still Unsolved

150 years after Darwin, the evolution of flowers is still a mystery.

Joel Kontinen

For Charles Darwin, the rapid development of flowering plants was “an abominable mystery”, as he described it to his friend Joseph Hooker in a letter dated 22 July, 1879.

A recent study on “100-million-year-old” flowers preserved in amber in Burma (Myanmar) reveals that they reproduced in the same way as modern flowers.

Study co-author George Poinar, a biologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, said:” Here you have a hundred-million-year-old flower that looks like it was blooming last week."

For modern-day Darwinists, the mystery of flowering plants is still an abominable one. For all others, flowers speak of the ingenuity and creativity of their Maker.


Lee, Jane J. 2014. Oldest Known Fossil of Flowering-Plant Sex Found in Amber. National Geographic (6 January).