There's no question why the stunningly large 1,400-year-old ginko tree at the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains of China has gained the attention of thousands of people across the country. Nestled within the temple garden the living fossil has shed an abundant amount of leaves, turning the grounds of the temple into a beautiful yellow ocean.
What’s even more impressive is that the “the living fossil”—as it has been coined—has managed to remain completely unchanged and untouched for more than 200 million years, despite drastic climate changes. In fact, the maidenhair is a living link to the Mesozoic Era, millions of years before the first modern humans existed, during a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
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