An ancient masterpiece: 50 million year old sunflower fossil evokes memories of Van Gogh painting | Mail Online

“At first sight, the bold strokes and colours are strikingly reminiscent of one of Vincent van Gogh’s famous sunflower paintings. And the similarity is no accident – for this early masterpiece, dating back almost 50 million years, is believed to be the ancestor of modern daisies and sunflowers. Scientists found the beautifully preserved fossil in ancient rocks from the dry, wind-swept steppes of north-west Patagonia. It is believed to belong to the Asteracaea family, which includes daisies, sunflowers and dandelions and is the most diverse group of flowering plants on Earth.” Found via Aliasinkhorn’s pages.


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