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Seeds found sprouting from 40-million-year-old pinecone trapped in amber

7 days ago   |   By Wood TV

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Researchers with Oregon State University have discovered seeds sprouting from an amber-encased pinecone.
The phenomenon is caused by a rare botanical condition called precocious germination in which seeds sprout before leaving the fruit, according to the university.
George Poinar Jr. with the Oregon State College of Science published a paper in the Historical Biology that described a pinecone - about 40 million years old - encased in a Baltic amber, where several embryonic stems make an appearance.
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