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The Earliest Bird To Sip a Flower 21

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the not-just-for-bees dept.
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Researchers have unearthed the earliest evidence of a bird sipping nectar from a flower. The stomach contents of the 47-million-year-old fossil flyer — a long-extinct species of perching bird — include hundreds of grains of pollen. The ancient pollen grains are large and apparently clumped together readily, a clue that the plant that bore the flowers was pollinated by creatures and not by the wind."
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The Earliest Bird To Sip a Flower

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  • It seems unlikely this was actually the first bird to pollinate a flower. Since the pollen was already too large to carry on the wind that would imply that the plant had already adapted away from self pollination and towards external pollinators, a process unlikely to happen suddenly.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    the first bird that sipped their nectar!

  • by Tarlus (1000874)

    This question has been gnawing on me. I can sleep easy now.

  • by Sique (173459) on Wednesday May 28, 2014 @11:09AM (#47108929) Homepage
    What's missing is where the scientist found the remainings of the bird, and who those scientists were.

    The site is the wellknown Messel pit [], an UNESCO World Nature Heritage site. The scientists were a team from the nearby Senckenberg Museum [].

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