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Extinct Tree Grows Anew From Ancient Jar of Seeds Unearthed By Archaeologists

Science & Tech  (tags: archaeology, discovery, research, Middle East, ancient seeds, extinct, palm trees, good news )

- 1658 days ago -
For thousands of years, Judean date palm trees were one of the most recognizable and welcome sights for people living in the Middle East -- widely cultivated throughout the region for their sweet fruit, and for the cool shade they offered.

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Frances Darcy (135)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 12:50 am
There is hope ...

Elisa F (235)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 1:18 am
Awesome News! Thanks, Giana :)

. (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 6:31 am
Amazing what we can accomplish yet we still insist on using fossil fuels.

Aileen P (40)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 8:28 am
Interesting. Thank you.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 12:34 pm
Very interesting.

Jim Phillips (3257)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 12:44 pm
Delightful story of an ancient, extinct fruit producing tree coming back to life
is all the one of many reasons we must endeavor to protect our current food
crops from being polluted by GMO cross breeds. Protect our seeds and plants
by preserving them for future generations.

Ty, Giana.

Roger G (154)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 1:16 pm
noted, thanks

Christeen Anderson (370)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 2:35 pm
Trees, gotta love them. Thank you.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 3:16 pm
Love it, thank you.

Winn A (179)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 4:13 pm
Wow, very interesting!

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 6:07 pm
Noted, thanks.

Karen Chestney (112)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 9:59 pm
OH ! Thank-you for this wonderful article. YES----go plant a tree to celebrate the rebirth of this tree.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 9:59 pm
Interesting. Thanks Giana

Susan Duncan (25)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 12:34 am
Really an amazing feat. Restoring other formerly extinct plants and trees may be on the agenda. I tend to over think and over analyze things which leads me to wonder if one day an ancient unknown undetected strain of bacteria, virus or fungus may be unleashed during one of these projects. If seeds can survive the centuries somewhat intact, might there also be less desirable companion "survivors," too, perhaps affecting modern plants -- or us? Might make a cool scary movie plot.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 12:49 am
They might now be able to produce ANOTHER tree from that ancient preserved stash of seeds. THEN, with more than ONE tree, they could REPRODUCE THE SPECIES. They may not HAVE to cross-breed with another closely-related species. These trees may, after many more years, flourish and provide food for the area again!
On the down side, with all the wars going on in the Middle East, there is always the danger that "conquest", as before, could kill the species AGAIN...
Not to mention what Global Warming, and the vanishing of the Water Table, might do to it..... Don't look on this as a "sign" and be overly-optimistic for our, or the tree's, survival... They are tied, you know...

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 4:26 am

Robert Hardy (68)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:09 pm
Now this is VERY cool. I wish that if I were that old someone could stick me in the ground and grow a new me! Kidding aside, how very special.

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