Thursday, April 19, 2007

Entry #38: The World's Oldest Tree is CUTE.

WOW. I want one of these extinct babies...Speaking of native plants, we are converting our front yard (now grassy) into a Native Plant garden. Yippee!

"...The tree belonged to a group of early fern-like plants called Wattieza. Unlike flowering plants, which use seeds to reproduce, Wattieza used spores, the reproductive method of choice for algae, ferns and fungi.

The finding, detailed in the March 19 issue of the journal Nature, will help scientists understand a crucial turning-point in our planet’s history—when the first forests appeared." You can read the entire article, World’s First Tree Reconstructed.

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