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CONE OF GIANT TROPICAL TREE - 300 million years old - Radstock, Somerset

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CONE OF GIANT TROPICAL LYCOPSID TREE
   
300 million years old (Carboniferous)
  
Writhlington Colliery, Radstock, Somerset

 

Lepidostrobus is the name of the cones of gigantic lycopsid trees such as Lepidodendron. These trees grew in the tropical coal forests and often reached a height of more than 30 metres. Coal is thought to have been formed mostly of the roots of lycopsid trees.

Radstock is a classic area for studying the plants that were living in Britain at this time. A diverse range of fossils were found on the coal tips up until closure of the last colliery in the 1970s, although further fossils did turn up when the tips were reworked for coal in the 1980s. 

This fossil was collected in 1986. It has been cut with a flat base so it displays well without a stand.

THE COAL MEASURES FORESTS

In the Carboniferous period Britain was situated near the equator and covered by dense tropical rain forest with giant trees and strange fern-like plants. Much of this vegetation became layers of coal, but some plants left impressions in mud which hardened into stone. 

Flowering plants had not yet evolved and the dominant vegetation was giant clubmosses, horsetails and seed ferns growing on the banks of the coal-forming swamps. Animal life at the time was dominated by insects which included dragonflies with a two-metre wingspan. 

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Size: 12 x 8.5 x 3 centimetres
Weight: 605 grams

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CONE OF GIANT TROPICAL TREE -  300 million years old  -  Radstock, Somerset
CONE OF GIANT TROPICAL TREE -  300 million years old  -  Radstock, Somerset CONE OF GIANT TROPICAL TREE -  300 million years old  -  Radstock, Somerset CONE OF GIANT TROPICAL TREE -  300 million years old  -  Radstock, Somerset CONE OF GIANT TROPICAL TREE -  300 million years old  -  Radstock, Somerset