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(io9)   12 of the most amazing "living fossils" known to science: cyanobacteria, the coelecanth fish, the ginkgo biloba plant, Abe Vigoda   (io9.com) divider line 17
    More: Obvious, Cyanobacteria, living fossils, Horseshoe Crab, Ginkgo biloba, Cambrian Explosion, Seed plant, figs, saltwater crocodiles  
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2014-01-22 02:30:32 PM  
Gingkos have the best leaves.
 
2014-01-22 02:35:16 PM  
What?  No Triops?
 
2014-01-22 02:36:00 PM  
Gingkos have the best leaves.

We call them PukeBerry trees at the Philly Navy Yard. The Japanese gifted us with them in the early 20th Century. They're all over the base. When you step on the balls they drop on the sidewalks, they crush and release a sap that smells just like vomit....
 
2014-01-22 02:40:46 PM  
Obligatory: They belong in a
 
2014-01-22 02:49:15 PM  
Biologists say these are the oldest known animals - and not sea sponges as previously believed - meaning we're actually descended from these things.


IANABiologist, I'm just a guy who read a book once so correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't it really mean that our most recent common ancestor with these things lived longer ago than the most recent ancestor we have in common with any other animal?
 
2014-01-22 02:58:18 PM  
MR. RAY
Okay, the drop off. All right, kids, feel free to explore but stay close. [gasps]
Stromalitic cyanobacteria! Gather. An entire ecosystem contained in one infinitesimal speck.
There are as many protein pairs contained in this...
 
2014-01-22 03:09:23 PM  

mark12A: Gingkos have the best leaves.

We call them PukeBerry trees at the Philly Navy Yard. The Japanese gifted us with them in the early 20th Century. They're all over the base. When you step on the balls they drop on the sidewalks, they crush and release a sap that smells just like vomit....


That's even worse than the semen tree, aka the Bradford Pear tree.
 
2014-01-22 03:12:45 PM  

mark12A: We call them PukeBerry trees at the Philly Navy Yard. The Japanese gifted us with them in the early 20th Century. They're all over the base. When you step on the balls they drop on the sidewalks, they crush and release a sap that smells just like vomit....


That's why you generally sex ginkgoes and only leave the males. Or, if you're a traditional Chinese cook, you collect the seeds, scrub off the nasty flesh, and roast them up.
 
2014-01-22 03:19:38 PM  

RoyBatty: Obligatory: They belong in a


Delicious pie?
 
2014-01-22 03:21:31 PM  

jxb465: mark12A: Gingkos have the best leaves.

We call them PukeBerry trees at the Philly Navy Yard. The Japanese gifted us with them in the early 20th Century. They're all over the base. When you step on the balls they drop on the sidewalks, they crush and release a sap that smells just like vomit....

That's even worse than the semen tree, aka the Bradford Pear tree.


It's not Victorian
 
2014-01-22 03:39:57 PM  

RoyBatty: Obligatory: They belong in a...


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2014-01-22 04:01:19 PM  

mark12A: Gingkos have the best leaves.

We call them PukeBerry trees at the Philly Navy Yard. The Japanese gifted us with them in the early 20th Century. They're all over the base. When you step on the balls they drop on the sidewalks, they crush and release a sap that smells just like vomit....


There was one at my college. We called it the Shiatberry tree. When it dropped fruit, we had to get into the building next to it carrying umbrellas so the rotting fruit wouldn't smear and likely stain our clothes. And the smell was enough to make you want to hurl.
 
2014-01-22 04:36:04 PM  
John McCain isn't on the list???
 
2014-01-22 05:15:15 PM  
I can't believe they forgot Kieth Richards.
 
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2014-01-22 06:46:46 PM  
(2) has not produced, or "radiated," many new species (i.e. low taxonomic diversity)

I stopped reading after the first entry, Cyanobacteria, contradicted this constraint.
 
2014-01-22 06:48:08 PM  
Because the Abe Vigoda joke in the headline wasn't enough, let's be sure to add in every single old famous person on the planet, because that will make it SO MUCH FUNNIER.
 
2014-01-22 08:46:52 PM  
♪ I don't want to start any blasphemous rumors, but I might have descended from cancerous tumors... ♪
 
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