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What do dinosaurs and orchids have in common?

They were both sharing the planet together way back when.

A recently discovered piece of amber contains the first confirmed orchid fossil ever found. The ancient orchid, classified as Meliorchis caribea, reveals new information about the origin of orchids. “The question is: how old are they?” asks Santiago Ramírez, of the the department of organismic and evolutionary biology and the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. “There’s been a lot of speculation.”. . .

The researchers place the arrival of orchids between 76 to 84 million years ago. Ramírez and his colleagues published the findings in the journal Nature this week. Based on the study, Ramírez says, orchids coexisted with dinosaurs and likely started to flourish shortly after the mass extinction between the Cretaceous and Tertiary.
Age old orchid