Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Living Fossil

Wollemi National Park in Australia discovered a pine tree in a 1994. The discoverer is David Noble.

What is so strange about this tree?

The species was believed to be extinct, but the recent finding comes as a surprise. Archeologists had only seen its fossils dating back to the age of the dinosaurs, and hence the fossil came be called the dinosaur tree. This is genus of a deciduous coniferous tree in the family of Araucariaceae, which means it sheds its leaves in winter. The trunk of the tree is very attractive and looks like a bubbling chocolate.

The oldest fossil of this tree is 90 millions years old. The tree can well survive in temperatures ranging from -12 degrees to 45 degrees celsius. Unfortunately, there are less than 100 trees only now surviving.

So is it not our duty to protect them?

Courtesy. The Hindu Young World January 27, 2009.
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