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LL.11627 - Carboniferous tree fossils

Carboniferous tree fossils

 

When the Lepidodendron tree died in the Carboniferous 305 million years ago, the different parts of the tree were transported separately by rivers. When these fossils were found, the roots (e.g. LL.11627), trunk (e.g. LL.375) and fruit (e.g. LL.15952.1643) were given different scientific names. Eventually the different parts were found together and scientists realised they were all part of the same plant.

 

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Taken on September 4, 2008