Beijing, January 28 (Reuters) – Greek scientists recently discovered a rare fossil tree on the volcanic island of Les Bose, whose branches and roots are still intact after 20 million years.
The tree was found during road construction near an ancient forest on the island of Lesbos, which was petrified millions of years ago and transported out with a special splint and metal platform.
Nikos zouros, a professor at the natural history museum of petrochemical forests in Leicester Island, said this is the first time such a well preserved fossil tree has been found since excavation began in 1995, with branches and roots intact.
&”It’s a unique discovery,” he said. &It is well preserved. By studying fossil wood, we will be able to determine which plant it belongs to. ”
The petrochemical forest on the island covers an area of 15000 hectares. It was formed after the volcanic eruption 20 million years ago, and the volcanic lava submerged the island’s then subtropical forest ecosystem.
The fossil tree, about 19 meters long, was covered with thick volcanic ash after it fell. A large number of fruit tree leaves and animal bones were also found at the same site.
“In the process of digging, people discovered all kinds of trees on Lesbos island from 17 million to 20 million years ago, and we can rebuild the ecosystem that existed at that time,” zorus said. ”