British botanists are celebrating the remarkable resurrection of a primitive tree that ruled Earth’s plant kingdom eons ago. For the first time in 60 million years, ‘Cycas revoluta’ cones are growing outdoors.

The species, native to Japan and believed to be pollinated by beetles, was widespread all over Earth during the Jurassic period, when the planet’s climate had naturally high levels of carbon dioxide. The species has changed remarkably little over the interim, hence them being dubbed ‘living fossils’.