This fanciful grow kit, with its charming dinosaur-themed packaging, brings a smile as well as everything needed to germinate a tree that has existed on our planet for millions of years — a living fossil. Growing these ancient organisms is like taking a ride in a time machine!
Up until the mid-1900s, the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) was known only in the form of fossils collected by paleobotanists, thought to have been extinct for perhaps 20 million years. That all changed in 1944, after a living specimen was discovered alive and well by a surprised Chinese forester near the remote village of Motao-chi in the Chinese province of Szechwan.
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