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- Aug 2017
The first flower on earth was bisexual
Photos : pinknews.co.uk
By : isamupipe
The first flower to ever exist on earth, 140 million years ago, was bisexual. Scientists have discovered a dinosaur-age flower which was the ancestor of all flowers on earth – and it has both male and female reproductive parts.In botanical science, flowers with both pollen-producing and seed-producing capabilities are called bisexual or – rather sweetly – perfect.
Researchers led by Hervé Sauquet, an associate professor at France’s University of Paris-Sud, virtually reconstructed the flower, according to Live Science. They produced a 3D image of the Mesozoic Era flower, meaning it has now been seen across hundreds of millions of years. And it just serves to emphasise that sexualities and genders outside of the straight and cisgender have always existed in nature.
Dozens of studies have found hundreds of different species engage naturally in same-sex sexual activity, from grizzly bears to lizards. Same-sex activity is used in the animal kingdom for many reasons, ranging from pleasure-seeking to conflict solving. Many species form bonds for life with their same-sex partner. For instance, many dolphins and all dwarf chimpanzees are bisexual, and penguins often exhibit same-sex behaviour. In fact, aside from humans, the penguin is the species that most famously forms same-sex relationships.