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December 14, 2012

Seeds

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From the Wall Street Journal:

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Seeds may seem simple at first glance, but don't be deceived. Since first appearing in plants some 360 million years ago, they have evolved to be carried by wind, water, and animal. They are hardy, too: Seeds can sometimes lie dormant for hundreds of years before germinating.

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Now out in a new edition, "Seeds: Time Capsules of Life," by photographer Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy of the Millennium Seed Bank at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, offers an extensive natural history.

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The main attractions are the close-up photos and scanning electron micrographs of the seeds, which capture their incredible diversity.

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Above, exemplars from the book; photo captions along with the images here.

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WoW, move over dale chihuly

Posted by: rob | Dec 14, 2012 9:55:09 PM

I would love to see the walls of the 3rd picture

and many more examples!

Posted by: JoePeach | Dec 14, 2012 6:49:52 PM

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