They still somehow have a "prehistoric" look to them, but that may just be our way of looking at exotic tropical species as dwellers in temperate climates.
Ha, so all those dinosaur books and films are inaccurate?.
I used to think bananas grew the other way round, like in cartoons.
Monkey puzzles and their close relatives (Araucaria spp.) were one of the first groups of conifers to diverge from the rest.
Apart from actually looking like a tree that'd confuse a monkey attempting to climb it, on further instection they look more like cacti, though guys.
Ginkgos have been around about as long as conifers
Are they not conifer then?.
Could you also post pictures about what it is you are talking of because I know very little about plants.
Dilophosaurus amidst Ginkgos
Even more ancient are things like horsetails, ferns (including tree ferns that I mentioned earlier)
Ferns are also one of my favorite plants, I remember as a child being told how old they were, I am impressed.
Later the fern was used to describe fractals in chaos theory to me. A triangle in a triangle in a triangle....
Think even of Nelson on his column in London.
We used to have a statue of nelsons column in Dublin on O'Connell street we disliked it so much we blew it up.
often find myself drifting into a deep sleep.
Talking about plants used to have the same effect on me.
When I see a palm tree, I think of Miami and estate houses.
They will have to probably spend money on protecting it from the cold of winter?.