Volcanic Rock Reveals Ancient Tropical Forest

U.S. scientists say they were able to reconstruct an ancient tropical forest, including long-extinct plant species, using fossil remains trapped beneath the ash of a volcanic eruption that occurred about 300 million years ago in northern China. READ MORE

 




Using fossil remains trapped beneath the ash of an ancient volcanic eruption in northern China, researchers were able to reconstruct what they describe as a teeming peat forest ecosystem that consisted of six plant groups, including trees resembling feather dusters, vines, and three species of a group known as Noeggerathiales — small, spore-bearing trees that may have been relatives of early ferns. (PNAS)



 
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