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298-Million-Year-Old Forest Discovered

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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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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2104771/Chinese-Pompeii-300m-year-old-forest-preserved-volcanic-ash-Wuda.html

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Very cool :)

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

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I was hoping for some pictures too.

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

I was hoping for some pictures too.

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

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Awesome! Thanks SW!

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Whoa, epic win! I love that story!

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Wot ! No animal skeletons ?

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

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Pretty cool!

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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.

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Nice!

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

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Any of those spores survive, perhaps mummified?

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It's Incredible... It amazes me how a 298-Million-Year-Old Forest has been discovered.If that is possible..then it should be possible to find many other interesting things..

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the Pompeii of the Permian Period. that's a lot of P's

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I hope that there are follow up stories and they tell us what they find !!!!!

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I guess this is a positive for the coal mining industry.

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Wonder if the seeds that are found are any good. Would be cool to regrow the trees.

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Wonder if the seeds that are found are any good. Would be cool to regrow the trees.

yeah but imagine if they grow into the trees from "The Happening" do you really want a future where Marky Mark is quiet possibly the last man on earth? lol

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Can't wait to hear more about this in the future. Awesome discovery.

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