|Zoo Scape, May-June Issue|
Ferns are so common (there are more than 11,000 species worldwide) that it's easy to overlook their remarkable history, which stretches back about 400 million years. Ferns predated flowering plants and were the dominant botanical life form during the Carboniferous era 360 to 286 millions years ago when flying insects and reptiles first appeared.
Take a look around YOUR neighborhood. Chances are that you have some living fossils growing near where you live!
|Ferns in my front garden|
|The Nautilus is a living fossil|