Saturday, August 15, 2015

Extinct Tree Grows Anew From Ancient Seeds

Archeologists found a jar of 2000 year old seeds while excavating the site of Herod the Great's palace in Israel in the early 1960s. The ancient seeds were kept in a drawer at Tel Aviv's Bar-Ilan University for forty years until botanical researcher Elaine Solowey decided to plant one in 2005. What sprouted was a Judean Date Palm, a once plentiful tree that was driven to extinction in 500 AD.

It is the oldest known tree seed to germinate and is currently thriving.


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