Wednesday, November 28, 2012

News Report: Earliest Traissic (Induan) Fossil Forest Found in India

Krishna Chandra Yadav, director, State Forest Research and Training Institute (SFRTI) in Raipur, and colleagues announced the discoveries of the oldest know fossilized trees ever found in India in the November, 26, 2012, issue of the Indian Express.

The fossilized gymnosperms were scattered across a 700 hectares area of the Shankarpur, Bhattidarh, Thadadpahri, and Naginjhiria villages of the Surajpur district on the northern fringe of Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary.

The 250 million years Triassic fossil trees measured as large as 15 meters in length and eight meters in diameter. Many of the stones (fossil trees) were so large local villagers had used the fossils as building materials for their homes and farm buildings. Previous fossil trees in India have been found that were 50 million years old.

Researchers from Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany in Lucknow confirmed the discovery.

Um. That tree diameter sounds like a journalistic oops. However, it'd be an exciting site to work because of the fact the Induan is right after the PT Extinction.  A petrified forest of India sounds awesome.

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