29 September, 2005

Living Fossils!

This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Ten years ago, an Australian forestry worker was hiking in the outback and came across a pine tree that was unlike any he'd seen before in the area. He took a fallen branch home with him and it eventually found its way to botanists who were able to identify it as a species believed to be extinct for about 2 million years. Amazing huh? Sort of like the coelacanth.

The best news, however, is that seedlings are being grown and will be offered for sale sometime around April 2006! The site indicates that they'll make good patio or potted plants or "feature trees" in a large park or garden. Now I've just got to find the right place for it...

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