Ancient Fossilised Forest

385Million year old fossilised forest found in Cairo, New York. The root system has been fossilised in the fossil soil – that is also known as paleosol. I think this is really fascinating to see how plants root systems have developed and how they have left their imprint in the environment. Natural environmental art.

From the air, the <em>Archaeopteris</em> root system (left) and possible <em>Stigmarian Isoetalean lycopsid</em> system (right) look like long-dry rivers.

I have never really thought about plant having a ‘modern’ system until now. This quote really blew my mind “Woody trees with leaves that can produce shade—and a big rooting system—is something fundamentally modern that wasn’t there before,”. You really need to use your imagination to visualise a tree or stump that it is its early days of development!

 

Article found below:

www.atlasobscura.com/articles/oldest-forest-in-new-york utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=52df3f50b0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-52df3f50b0-66894397&mc_cid=52df3f50b0&mc_eid=93739c6b43

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