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A primitive plant which ruled the Earth 280 million years ago has produced both male and female cones in the UK for the first time in 60 million years.
The plant, located on a cliff-edge on the Isle of Wight, is the first known example of both sexes of cyads blooming outside a greenhouse in British history.
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Ventnor Botanic Garden revealed climate change and a warming planet is likely to blame, replicating conditions of a sweltering planet akin to the era of the dinosaurs.
Scientifically known as Cycan revoluta, the ancient tree is native only to Japan and is common as an indoor houseplant in the UK.
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Now, the institute has revealed the first female cone on record in the UK.
A male cone bloomed seven years ago, but 2019 marks the first time in one season both sexes have emerged outdoors.
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'For the first time in 60m years in the UK we've got a male cone and a female cone at the same time,' Chris Kidd, the curator of Ventnor Botanic Gardens, told The Guardian.
'It is a strong indicator of climate change being shown, not from empirical evidence from the scientists...
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