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By: Shea Gunther on March 11, 2010, 5:24 p.m.
wollemi pine

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Wollemi pine

The Wollemi pine in Australia is a living dinosaur — the oldest Wollemi tree fossil has been dated to 200 million years ago. When a living Wollemi — which isn't technically a pine tree — was discovered in 1994, scientists were stunned. The exact location of the pines has been kept under wraps to protect the fewer than 100 trees known to be growing in the wild. In a bid to keep the trees from slipping into extinction, a propagation program was started in 2006 that allowed the general public to purchase a Wollemi sapling and they can be seen in various botanical gardens.