Discovery of a Fossilized Rainforest

27 04 2007

This is a rather amazing discovery – a fossilzed rain forest going on for miles and miles. It makes one wonder what amazing discoveries await us right beneath our feat. Paleontology is full of surprises, isn’t it? Here is the link to the story and here is an excerpt.

That’s where coal miners working south and west of Georgetown have unearthed, chunk by fossilized chunk, what has revealed itself over the past few years to be the remains of a fossilized rain forest.

It covers about 15 square miles, all more than 200 feet below ground, and probably is the largest intact rain forest from that period ever studied, according to Scott Elrick of the Illinois State Geological Survey.




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