Ginkgo huttoni fossil leaves.

Ginkgo huttoni fossil leaves.

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Specimen of fossilized wedge-shaped leaves of the tree, Ginkgo huttoni, approximately 180 million years old. Ginkgos formed a significant element of Jurassic period flora but today the group is represented by just one surviving species, Ginkgo biloba, the Maidenhair tree. Ginkgo biloba may have only been saved from extinction by the attentions of gardeners in the Far East - it was first seen by a European in Japan in 1690. As the sole survivor of a once great race G. biloba might well be described as a living fossil.

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