Hereford, United Kingdom
Now here's a Quite Interesting question for you.....I was watching QI last night and Fry mentioned a plant that was literally a living fossil, in that genetic tests had shown it was an exact genetic match to fossils of the plant found nearby and so it was both living and a fossil at the same time. I'm not sure how they would be able to get genetic material from a fossil, as my understanding of a fossil is that the living tissues have been replaced with silica chrystals. I'd like to find out more - does anyone know what the plant was called? It looked a little like a Mahonia (it wasn't one of course!) A quick google hasn't found anything either.
- 27 Jan, 2010