Saturday, March 11, 2006

 

Gingko trees used in study of fossilized plants

Hamilton Spectator: "To better understand Earth's climate in the time of huge tyrannosaurus-sized dinosaurs, McMaster University researchers will soon be growing "living fossils" and comparing them to fossilized plants buried for millions of years.

Gingko trees -- an ancient species that evolved 200 million years ago -- will be moved from a campus greenhouse to specialized chambers being installed in the basement of the General Sciences Building.

There, assistant professor Darren Grocke will be able to mimic conditions in the mid-Cretaceous period 95 million years ago to see how the trees respond." [Evolution]

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