300 million-year-old Forest Discovered by Scientist in China (Photos)

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A 300 Million-Year-Old lost forest has been discovered by Scientist in China, the fossilized forest preserved under coal mine near Wuda, in northern China, according to reports of several international news sites, Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

Artists impression of a 300-million-year-old forest

Image Credit: University of Pennsylvania /Ren Yugao

The 300-million-year-old tropical forest that was discovered by a team of scientist in China, the fossilized forest will give researchers a rare chance on how our climates affected the ecosystems.

Based on the reports of Science Daily, the remnants of the forest have been extremely well-preserved by the volcanic ash. University of Pennsylvania paleobotanist Hermann Pfefferkorn, who led the study in Wuda, China, said:

It’s marvelously preserved. We can stand there and find a branch with the leaves attached, and then we find the next branch and the next branch and the next branch. And then we find the stump from the same tree. That’s really exciting.

In the reports of CS Monitor, the forest was covered by close to 40 inches of volcanic ash. Jun Wang, one of the lead authors of the study at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology in China, said:

This ash-fall buried and killed the plants, broke off twigs and leaves, toppled trees, and preserved the forest remains in place within the ash layer.

Artists impression of a 300-million-year-old forest

Image Credit: University of Pennsylvania /Ren Yugao

Reports added, Scientist conducted their research studies in three different areas near Wuda, China, and found 6 groups of trees. The tree ferns in the 300-million-year-old forest formed a lower canopy while taller trees, Sigillaria and Cordaites, grew 80 feet tall, and they also discovered the Noeggerathiales trees which are now extinct.

The research study was supported by the Chinese Academy of Science, the National Basic Research Program of China, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the University of Pennsylvania.

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