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.
comments underneath about creationists are pretty comicalAmerican 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."
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...
Last edited by Turbio!; 02-21-2012 at 06:51 PM.