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Although flowers have long been at the center of human life, the question of how flowers evolved has long baffled scientists. But now a tantalizing fossil that bloomed during the reign of the dinosaurs has surfaced in China. In First Flower, NOVA probes the controversy ignited by this unique fossil, and pursues the trail through the stunning lost world of China's remote Hengduan Mountains.
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PBSNOVA: First Flower DVD
 
4.8

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well done! - a great teaching tool

By Student of the Universe

from California

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Comments about PBS NOVA: First Flower DVD:

The film makers have produced an excellent view of plant evolution research. It is refreshing to see a quality production on a group of organisms often neglected in today's isolated and anthropocentric society. The blending of floristic, phenetic, molecular, and paleobotanical techniques provides a wonderful example of the complementarity vital for advancing scientific knowlege. I strongly recommend this as a great teaching tool for both the information on angiosperm evolution as well as the process of science.
My only reservation lies in the exageration of the competitive dimension of the research groups and some of the rather kitschy imagery such as the tumbling pastel pollen grains. I will attribute this to artistic license and it may actually be necessary for popular appeal.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Science

By Greg Z

from Lyndhurst, Ohio.

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Comments about PBS NOVA: First Flower DVD:

This is a wonderful documentary for those interested in science. It reads like a detective story, how flowering plants made their appearance on the planet and changed the world. The fact that most of us take flowers for granted (making up most of the foods we eat today) makes this a real eye opener. The evolutionary process couldn't be more elucidated as insects and flowers have combined forces to conquer the world with success. I strongly recommend this to both laypeople and science enthusiasts alike.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DVD First Flower

By Greg

from Salem, Or

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Comments about PBS NOVA: First Flower DVD:

This had sentimental significance in that my mom was gravely ill when we watched this together and we both loved it. Nova is great!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NOVA: First Flower DVD by WGBH Boston

By Sharon

from Bristol, TN

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Comments about PBS NOVA: First Flower DVD:

Great video - has a lot of information. SHould be a "must" for horiculture classes.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The First Flower

By Akbillk

from Chugiak, AK

Comments about PBS NOVA: First Flower DVD:

This is a good portrayal of the hunt for the ancestral first flower by the plant kingdom. It explains the basic problems between classical plant taxonomy/evolution with the findings of modern analyses. A good show for advanced secondary or early college level classes.

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