“A botanist at the Oregon State University stumbled upon an unlikely sort of ancient artifact early last year: two delicate tropical blossoms almost perfectly preserved in amber. It wasn’t until this week that the flowers were identified as a new species, Strychnos electri, which is a distant relative of the plant that produces the poison strychnine. The flowers are believed to be more than 15 million years old, and perhaps as much as 45 million years old.”
“Two naturalists, Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor, were trekking through the forest when they stumbled upon three trees that took their breaths away. Using professional laser equipment, they measured all three trees as taller than the record. In September, 2006, Steve Sillett arrived to measure the tallest, Hyperion, the old fashioned way and filmed the “second to none” experience for National Geographic.”
“Thanks to El Niño, Hawaii’s waves are not only spectacularly large, but also very good at uncovering lost ancient rock art.
Last week at Pine Tree Beach on the Big Island’s Kona Coast, locals walking the shore were treated to an extremely rare appearance of several petroglyphs. Normally covered by over 10 feet of sand, the rock art was ever-so-briefly revealed by the pounding surf.”