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SUBJECT: Memorial University Botanical Garden unveils rare “dinosaur tree”

DATE: July 18

The Wollemi pine, one of the world’s oldest and rarest trees, will be unveiled at the Memorial University Botanical Garden on Saturday, July 21.

Only known in the fossil record until it was rediscovered in 1994, the tree dates to the Jurassic Period. The botanical garden's tree was one of 36 trees found in a remote area 200 kilometres west of Sydney, Australia, in Wollemi National Park. The discovery is considered by scientists to be the equivalent of finding a small dinosaur still alive on Earth.
 
The Wollemi pine is more than six feet tall, has unusual dark green, pendulous bottle-brush foliage, and is ready for visitors. It is one of only two Wollemi pines in Atlantic Canada.

The public unveiling will take place on Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m. A day of family fun will include tours, activities and a conservation pledge to keep the environment safe by doing one thing for the environment each week.

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For event information, please visit Memorial University Botanical Garden’s website or email garden@mun.ca. For more information, media only, please contact Tim Walsh, Memorial University Botanical Garden, at 709-864-3585 or twalsh@mun.ca.

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