[Taxacom] holotype for sale

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Fri Sep 14 13:21:01 CDT 2007

Thank you. I did not read the article itself but went by a quick interview
in the Dutch /Bionieuws/ and of course the cover ("fossilized pollinator
reveals the age of orchids").


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Stevens" <peter.stevens at mobot.org>
To: "Paul van Rijckevorsel" <dipteryx at freeler.nl>
Cc: "taxacom" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 7:06 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] holotype for sale

> No, if you read the orchid paper the dates for the amber they use are  in
> line with some previous estimates, and are "reasonable" (whatever  that
> means); the Burmese amber is a different kettle of fish.
> P.
> On Sep 12, 2007, at 1:14 PM, Paul van Rijckevorsel wrote:
>> From: "Karl Magnacca" <kmagnacca at alumni.wesleyan.edu>
>>> On 12 Sep 2007 at 8:59, Peter Stevens wrote:
>>>> There is something funny about this amber - dating may be wrong, or
>>>> something.  A fairly "modern" grass was described from this amber,
>>>> and if its dating is correct, it completely changes dates for
>>>> angiosperm evolution...
>> ***
>> Curious coincidence: Nature (30 august) ran an cover article about  a
>> piece of amber, which, if its dating is correct, completely changes dates 
>> for orchid evolution.
>> (Some details here http://research.leidenuniv.nl/index.php3?c=362)
>> Paul
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