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      02-21-2012 05:36 PM #1
      http://gizmodo.com/5886774/extraordi...nese-coal-mine

      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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      02-21-2012 05:40 PM #2
      Lol at the comments of that story with everybody arguing over God and creationism.

      Awesome find though. I want to see real pictures of it.

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      02-21-2012 05:40 PM #3
      Wow. I'm completely in awe.

      I can't wait to see pictures!
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      02-21-2012 06:18 PM #4
      "Fossils were placed in the ground by God to test Christians' faith in him."

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      02-21-2012 06:20 PM #5
      Wow! I wonder how long before they start finding well-preserved animals!
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      02-21-2012 06:21 PM #6
      Time for Chinese to get revenge on those damn Mongorians!
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      02-21-2012 06:35 PM #7
      I lol'd hard at the debate below.

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      02-21-2012 06:43 PM #8
      Wow. This is GIGANTIC for a couple of different fields. I know some paleoecologists who are probably blacking out right now. The fact that they can narrow down spatial positions is just insanely wonderful, because that allows you to get a really good, detailed look at not just the organisms, but their relationships on the landscape. Geeking out so hard right now...
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    9. 02-21-2012 06:44 PM #9
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      Wow. Geeking out so hard right now...
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      02-21-2012 06:45 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      Wow. This is GIGANTIC for a couple of different fields. I know some paleoecologists who are probably blacking out right now. The fact that they can narrow down spatial positions is just insanely wonderful, because that allows you to get a really good, detailed look at not just the organisms, but their relationships on the landscape. Geeking out so hard right now...
      Exactly. This so far is the biggest discovery of 21st Century so far.
      I predict it'll take them at least 20 to 30 years to completely excavate everything that is buried under that ash.
      “I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime” - Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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      02-21-2012 06:46 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      Wow. This is GIGANTIC for a couple of different fields. I know some paleoecologists who are probably blacking out right now. The fact that they can narrow down spatial positions is just insanely wonderful, because that allows you to get a really good, detailed look at not just the organisms, but their relationships on the landscape. Geeking out so hard right now...
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      02-21-2012 06:49 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      Exactly. This so far is the biggest discovery of 21st Century so far.
      I predict it'll take them at least 20 to 30 years to completely excavate everything that is buried under that ash.
      Yeah. Comparing it to Pompeii might not actually be strong enough. I could be the discovery of the century for paleontology. It's easily as big as anything discovered in the 20th.
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      02-21-2012 06:49 PM #13
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      02-21-2012 06:51 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      Yeah. Comparing it to Pompeii might not actually be strong enough.
      Do you have any more info on this discovery, outside of Gizmodo ?
      “I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime” - Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    15. 02-21-2012 06:52 PM #15
      Maybe that forest was the Florida of Pangea.
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      02-21-2012 06:54 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      Do you have any more info on this discovery, outside of Gizmodo ?
      Not yet, but I'm trying to get the PNAS article.
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      02-21-2012 06:54 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by peoples_car View Post
      Maybe that forest was the Florida of Pangea.
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      (Turbio head explode)
      Swampy? Moist? Subtropical?

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      02-21-2012 06:56 PM #18
      this made me

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      02-21-2012 06:56 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by peoples_car View Post
      Maybe that forest was the Florida of Pangea.
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      (Turbio head explode)
      Not enough old people for that.
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      02-21-2012 06:58 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      Not enough old people for that.
      But plenty of large, wrinkly, lumbering creatures that are cold all the time.
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      02-21-2012 07:00 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      But plenty of large, wrinkly, lumbering creatures that are cold all the time.
      I think you are being unfair to dinosaurs as those were warm blooded.
      “I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime” - Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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      02-21-2012 07:01 PM #22
      Dig it up and log aaaaalllll the trees!!!!!
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      Quote Originally Posted by .LSinLV. View Post
      "Christianity: the unblemished hallmark of peace, love and kindness throughout the ages."
      That was my favorite too
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      02-21-2012 07:12 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by .LSinLV. View Post
      this made me

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