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Chile's Pine Forests: A Botanical Dinosaur Bound for Extinction?

In Quinquen, an indigenous community in southern Chile, Ricardo Melinir shows off a forest of Chilean pine trees — the araucaria araucana, a "living fossil" seen as sacred by several local tribes. He managed to save the "Monkey Puzzle" trees — some of which are 1,000 years old or more — from logging companies, but they are still under threat from blight and climate change. "It is difficult to say how old these pines are," says the 60-something Melinir,...

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