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Old 05-17-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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Default Insect Pollination, Oldest On Record, Seen In Dinosaur-Era Insects Trapped In Amber

Insect Pollination, Oldest On Record, Seen In Dinosaur-Era Insects Trapped In Amber
Posted: 05/15/2012 8:29 am Updated: 05/15/2012 1:07 pm
By: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor
Published: 05/14/2012 06:15 PM EDT on LiveScience

Insect Pollination, Oldest On Record, Seen In Dinosaur-Era Insects Trapped In Amber
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During the lower Cretaceous Period when the newly discovered thrips lived, flowering plants would have just started to diversify, eventually replacing conifers as the dominant species, the researchers said.

"This is the oldest direct evidence for pollination, and the only one from the age of the dinosaurs," study researcher Carmen Soriano said in a statement. "The co-evolution of flowering plants and insects, thanks to pollination, is a...
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:30 AM   #2
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Very interesting. Thrips may be attracted to flowers for at least two reasons - some are pollen feeders, and some may be predators on other tiny arthropods found on flowers.
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