Dinosaur food - oldest known permineralised fossil flower
Fossil flowers are rare and what makes my specimens even more unusual is that they are the oldest permineralised fossil flowers to be found. This means the internal and fine structures of my flowers and fruits are three-dimensionally preserved. Because my petals and stamens are so well preserved, I can be compared with the flowers of modern plant families. These floral features indicate that I have similarities with the Laurel families, which are mainly found in rainforests, but the exact familial relationships remain unknown.
My fossil was found by the Adelaide palaeobotanist, Mark Peters, in Winton, where the Traditional Owners are the Koa people. I was found with cones, foliage and wood of conifers.
I am the only three-dimensionally, structurally-preserved fossil flower and fruit from the time of the dinosaurs in Australia.
My flowers and fruits provide an important insight into the history and origins of a group of flowering plants in Australia.
I have only been found in the Winton area.