Thursday, May 03, 2007

First Rain Forest Fossil Found In Coal Mine

Oh, man, this account sounds like it's from some kind of H. P. Lovecraft story:

Quoth paleobiologist-on-the-spot Howard Falcon-Lang:

"We drove down the mine in an armored vehicle, until we were 100 meters (about 330 feet) below the surface," he said. "The fossil forest was rooted on top of the coal seam, so where the coal had been mined away the fossilized forest was visible in the ceiling of the mine."

"We walked for miles and miles along pitch-black passages with the fossil forest just above our heads. We were able to make a map of the forest by the light of our miner's lamps."

He said the fossil forest is the largest ever found, covering more than 24,700 acres.

See, in philosophy there are a lot fewer fossilized ancient forests and armored vehicles.

Paleobiologists get to have all the fun.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

" philosophy there are a lot fewer fossilized ancient forests"

Dude, have you been to the eastern Division APA meetings lately?

5:56 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Hoo hoo! Drollosity!

6:07 PM  

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