Story: Conifers

Fossil cone (2nd of 2)

Fossil cone

This fossil cone belongs to the extinct conifer Wairarapia mildenhallii and was found near Tīnui, Wairarapa, in rocks 92–108 million years old. The conifer is of the Araucariaceae family, and is thought to be related to Wollemia, the ancient conifer discovered in Australia in 1994.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Conifers - What are conifers?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007