thought not static

where one think leads to another

the never ending lives of magnificent beings

Posted by thoughtnotstatic on 9 May 2008

I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying. -Woody Allen

you\'re looking pretty good for your agePreviously, I wrote about recent findings that learning can come at a rather dramatic cost – decreased life span. Today, I swing to the other end of the biological spectrum by sharing something I learned about the mighty redwood tree: “Science knows of no built-in reason why any particular redwood tree need ever die.” This according to a story in the April – June 2008 Bay Nature about the 100th Anniversary of Muir Woods. They are able to overcome broken limbs, resist invaders and susceptible to no known diseases. Further, they not only reproduce by seed they “propagate as clones, by spouting. The stems we now see may be only the latest shoots from rootstocks many times older. Just how ancient the oldest redwoods might be, as genetic individuals, is simply not known.” We’re talking dinosaur days, folks.


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