Near Wuda, China, a coal mine revealed some unexpected organic matter. Buried under volcanic ash was a “marvelously preserved” forest some scientists claim could be nearly 300-million-years-old.
Some specimens were preserved “as they fell,” leading scientists at the University of Pennsylvania with Chinese colleagues to create a rather accurate reconstruction of early life in the area.
“It’s like Pompeii: Pompeii gives us deep insight into Roman culture, but it doesn’t say anything about Roman history in and of itself,” U-Penn paleobotanist Hermann Pfefferkorn said in a statement. “But on the other hand, it elucidates the time before and the time after. This finding is similar. It’s a time capsule
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