NOVA: the first flower

chuck schwartz
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 17:57:27 PDT
I saw it also. They spent all their time mentioning entomophilic ( insect 
mediated )  fertilization and ignored the evolution  of anemophilic (wind 
mediated ) fertilization. This is odd since the Gymnosperms are, for the 
most part, anemophilic, and the most important family for human development 
is the Gramineae, which is also wind polinated
chuck Schwartz
zone 9b , CA
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> did anyone else in the US see the nova episode
> tonight, about the paleobotanical research into the
> first flowering plants?
> ok, that particular topic wasn't that interesting to
> me, but i loved getting a glimpse of the Hengduan
> mountains in western china and the amazing diversity
> of plants there.  they showed prof. Yin Kaipu, of the
> Chengdu botanical institute (?), leading Dan Hinkley,
> formerly of the heronswood nursery, into a small patch
> of weeds near the road, and in that tiny patch, dan
> goes bananas with the diversity of plants found there
> (something ridiculous like 30 genera).  i couldn't
> identify most of the plants, but just the shots of the
> Lilium lophophorum (?) and Cypripedium tibeticum were
> worth watching the whole thing, and enduring the
> segment about the Archaeofructus, DNA, cladistics, and
> Amborella...  those shots of western china were sooo
> cool...  made me want to become a plant explorer...
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> tsuh yang
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