Ginkgo trees that were already going into extinction are now everywhere, all thanks to humans. These living fossils have their positive impacts on the environment. Ginkgo leaf is a nootropic supplement for some people. Ginkgo Biloba is the last of its kind died out during the last ages of dinosaurs.
Understanding the heritage of these trees suggest that they would have gone extinction a long time ago. There are five different types of plants that produce seeds. Flowering plants, gnetales, conifers, cycads all belong to the ginkgo family. Based on the fossil record, scientists suggest that these plants may contain different species, especially in China.
Flowering plants started becoming popular about 130 million years ago, developing nectar in their flowers to entice pollinators, and then sweet fruit to lure animals for dispersing seeds. On the other hand, Ginkgo depended on the wind to transport pollen from male trees to female ones.
This was an inconsistent strategy as ginkgo sometimes changes sex; this may be a failsafe method to enhances the chances of reproduction. 66 million years ago, ginkgo trees had gone into extinction from most of Europe and North America, according to National Geographic.
Ginkgo has now become one of the commonest trees in cities after the trees were brought back from China in the 17th century. These trees are still recognized as Endangered in the Red List since these trees don’t survive in the wild. This shows that humans can also save plants and animals from going into extinction.