Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Living Fossils in Princeton

Still Life of the Still Living:

Ginkgo biloba--leaf and twig with "short shoots".

A very informative article describes three tree species that are living fossils, a term used for species that are found both alive and in the fossil record, and have few living relatives.

Along with the ginkgo, the article mentions sweetgum and dawn redwood. All three can be found growing in Princeton. Sweetgum is native to North America, the others to Asia.

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