Re: Australian pines (more of...
Sun, 1 Jan 1995 02:50:40 -0700 (MST)

> I have a few articles from the Aussie press. Except for some photo's, it's
> mostly crowing and back patting(cigar smoking?) for the discoverers.
> Becky
> P.S. We have some Aussies on the line, why am I replying

As long as were apparently adopting this subject as an okay off-topic
topic, I might as well add my two cents. I think this discovery is
fantastic...a group of pines, virtually unchanged for 200 million years,
growing in some remote microclimate on the planet. Geez, only 39 of them
(23 adult, 16 juvenile), that must be about the rarest plant on the
planet. I understand that at least one seedling has germinated in the
laboratory, and tissue cultures are being tried also. Just amazing...a
fossil that has likely been rescued from the brink of extinction. When
we are causing so many things to become extinct, rescuing a few,
especially ones like this, seems a really positive kind of thing.