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298-Million-Year-Old Forest Discovered


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:57 PM

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American and Chinese scientists are flabbergasted after discovering a giant 298-million-year-old forest buried intact under a coal mine near Wuda, in Inner Mongolia, China.

They are calling it the Pompeii of the Permian period because, like the ancient Roman city, it was covered and preserved by volcanic ash.

Like Pompeii, this swamp forest is so perfectly maintained that scientists know where every plant originally was. This has allowed them to map it and to create the images above. This extraordinary finding "is like Pompeii", according to University of Pennsylvania paleobotanist Hermann Pfefferkorn, who characterized it as "a time capsule."

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:52 PM

Very cool :)


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:19 PM

I was hoping for some pictures of the actual site. Oh well, still a very cool story.


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:51 PM

I was hoping for some pictures too.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:33 PM

View PostVerneph, on 22 February 2012 - 09:19 PM, said:

I was hoping for some pictures of the actual site. Oh well, still a very cool story.

View PostI Am Not Resisting, on 22 February 2012 - 09:51 PM, said:

I was hoping for some pictures too.
I've edited the OP to add another source link which has pictures.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:09 AM

Awesome!  Thanks SW!

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:21 PM

Whoa, epic win! I love that story!


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:38 PM

Wot ! No animal skeletons ?


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:55 PM

Wow great find. Isn't natural history amazing  :w00t:

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:08 PM

Pretty cool!


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:09 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 22 February 2012 - 10:33 PM, said:

I've edited the OP to add another source link which has pictures.

Thanks SW!

This site looks amazing. By archaeological standards, the preservation of the plant life there is pristine.

Edited by Verneph, 23 February 2012 - 04:09 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 06:57 PM

Nice!


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:10 PM

There is a similar site at a coal mine in Danville, Illinois, south of Chicago.

http://news.national...st-fossils.html

As an amateur paleontologist-enthusiast, I find these places fascinating. Too bad you really cant visit them. I'd love to see some of the specimens though.


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:37 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 22 February 2012 - 01:57 PM, said:



     What a wealth of information we will learn about this period in time. Simply wonderful.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:40 AM

I'd just like to say... COOL!





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