Scary Tree- From The Jurassic

Ben Loveday

Joined December 2008

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Wollemi Pine, Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, South Australia.
If you look closely at this, ask yourself: is that a pine needle? or a leaf? or a palm frond?
Of course it is neither: this is a half way plant, a rediscovered living fossil straight from the Jurassic: the stuff dinosaurs used to eat over 70 million years ago.
The last stand of this amazing species, a time capsule from Earth’s distant past, was discovered in an inaccessible valley in New South Wales in 1994.
I stared at it for some time realising this species is over 10,000 times older than God.
http://www.wollemipine.com/index.php
http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/plant_info/wollemi...
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoe...

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