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Guess Who’s Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years?

by Robert Krulwich

Sometimes the quiet ones surprise us.

Take moss — those fuzzy green pads you see on the sides of old trees, or hanging onto rocks. Who notices moss? It’s just … there, doing whatever it does — so slowly, so terribly slowly, that nobody bothers to think about it.

Moss creeps up tree bark, sits quietly on crevasses in rocks. Moss is an old, old life form, one of the earliest plants to attach to land around 450 million years ago. It’s very patient, very modest — but when you look closely, you discover it has super powers…

(read more: NPR.org)

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My favorite man talking about my favorite subject…