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NOVA: The First Flower
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Nature on display


Wild alpine flower from the Hengduan Mountains, in southwestern China, the most biodiverse temperate forest in the world.


The First Flower

Aired Tuesday, January 27, at 8:00 p.m. on CPTV 

In a story blooming with beauty and scientific mystery, this program explores the incredible truth that lies behind the ravishing flowers we so love to behold: that humans could not have existed or evolved without them. "First Flower" probes the controversial discovery of Archaefructus, a Chinese fossil scientists believe is the earliest evidence of a flower yet found on Earth. Following the trail of clues to the fossil's origins, a vivid journey takes NOVA's cameras deep into the lush wilds of China, giving audiences a view into a spectacular living safety deposit box, where some of the world's most beloved flowers originated. Learn more...


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