Story: Conifers

Fossil conifer (1st of 2)

Fossil conifer

Fossil conifers have been found at a number of sites in New Zealand. The oldest are similar but not identical to present-day conifer species. This leafy podocarp twig was collected from mudstone near Greymouth, and is 55–60 million years old. (The scale rule is in centimetres.)

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Conifers - What are conifers?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007