The Little Secret of the World's Biggest Flower

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The world's largest flower has been revealed by molecular analysis to have evolved almost 80 times in size to become today's stinking, 15lb mega-bloom.

Although this transformation took tens of millions of years, such an evolutionary spurt is still one of the most dramatic size changes ever reported.

Rafflesia, the world's largest flower
Who ate all the flies? Rafflesia, discovered in
Asia, has evolved to 80 times its original size

If humans were to undergo a comparable growth, an average man would end up 146 metres tall, the height of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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