The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.01.20

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Australian Firefighters Have Saved the Last Groves of a Rare, Prehistoric Tree. Via Smithsonian Magazine:

The Wollemi pine, or Wollemia nobilis, can grow to more than 130 feet tall and is covered with soft, brown nodules that have been described as looking like both “chocolate crackles” and “rabbit feces.” It is an “exceedingly long-lived” tree, according to the Australian government; the oldest known Wollemi fossil is 90 million years old, but scientists think the species has existed since the Jurassic period, some 200 million years ago.

Experts once believed that the Wollemi pine had gone extinct. But in 1994, David Noble, an officer with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, was rappelling through Wollemi Park’s narrow canyons when he noticed a cluster of unusual-looking trees. Subsequent analysis revealed that Noble had “stumbled upon not only an unknown species, but also a tree outside any existing genus of the ancient Araucariaceae family of conifers,” Stephen McLoughlin and Vivi Vajda report for American Scientist.

Today, the precise location of Australia’s surviving Wollemi pines is a carefully guarded secret. Officials are concerned that should visitors trample regenerating plants in the area, or introduce new diseases, it would “devastate the remaining populations and their recovery,” Kean explains.

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Burnett Honored. Very cool honor to be named the top 25 in the Naismith High School Tropy Midseason Watch List.

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Duffey to Central Michigan. After the Tulane situation fell through, it appears that Jett Duffey is headed to Central Michigan, who went 8-6 last year.


Chiefs to the Super Bowl. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are headed to the Super Bowl in Miami after defeating the Tennessee Titans yesterday afternoon. Mahomes did a handful of amazing things yesterday, but this was maybe the most amazing.

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