The genome of the shrub Amborella trichopoda has provided researchers with clues about how flowering plants have evolved, according to a study published in Science. The shrub is known to grow natively on the island of Grande Terre in the South Pacific and nowhere else, and is the only species in its genus, family and order. "Phylogenetically, it's really the equivalent of the duck-billed platypus and monotremes," said plant evolutionary biologist Claude dePamphilis, a co-leader of the project.

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