298 million-year-old Buried Forest in a coal mine in Yuda (3)

Scientists have just released the first photos of the 298 million year old buried forest that was recently found, exceptionally preserved below a coal mine in Yuda, China.

298 million-year-old Buried Forest in a coal mine in Yuda

The entire forest was covered by fallen ash from a volcanic eruption, preserving it in an exquisite state, never seen before.

298 million-year-old Buried Forest in a coal mine in Yuda

The research team found tree and plant fossils that were still arranged in a forest landscape – a first for fossil discovery.

298 million-year-old Buried Forest in a coal mine in Yuda (4)

298 million-year-old Buried Forest in a coal mine in Yuda (6)

298 million-year-old Buried Forest in a coal mine in Yuda (2)

298 million-year-old Buried Forest in a coal mine in Yuda (1)

via gizmodo

source: PNAS

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