The scientists combine various models of flower evolution with a feature data collection of living flowers. From there the team was able to deduce the look of the ancestral flower. This flower has many cycles of petal-like organs arranged in threads, and bisexual.
Hervé Sauquet, of Université Paris-Sud, France, one of the authors of a paper published this week in Nature Communications, said: "There is no living flower that looks exactly like this ancestor, why it is a flower that existed at least 140 million years ago and has evolved into a variety of flowers that exist today. "
We are all familiar with the beauty of flowers - the reproductive structure generated by about 90 percent of all living land plants. But their origin and early evolution is a mystery. This is mainly due to the lack of fossil flowers from the time period when the living flower ancestor has existed.