For paleobiologists this is incredibly exciting. For any average gardener it is still quite intriguing. Their existence in such a pristine state of preservation is only due to a cataclysmic event. It’s odd feeling glad that a volcano destroyed the landscape, yet without the abrupt and horrendous change, none of this would be possible. What’s more, it is clear that this took place during a period of rapid climate change.
With today’s knowledge and technology, the DNA can be mapped. Watch the first part of the video closely. You’ll see they show a humongous sycamore leaf that you are thinking could be Dieffenbachia until the biologist verbally identifies it. On one of the next rocks shown is a portion of what looks to be a Maple leaf that was probably about the size of a basketball! If it’s not a Maple, it has to be related, the shaping is just to uncanny. Not just any old Maple either, but some type of Acer palmatum (more commonly known as a Japanese Maple) like this one on the left. So amazing, I grabbed it for the post image above.
It’s a video you’ll be glad you took a few moments to view.
A closer look at these incredible fossils: Honest Ab
If you don't find her at the desk - check the gardens. When not writing and weeding, she enjoys a good book, painting junk furniture, and blending the harvest of heirloom tomatoes and chiles into salsas.
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