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FOSSIL TROPICAL PLANT (SEED FERN) - 300 million years old - Monkwearmouth Colliery, Sunderland

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FOSSIL TROPICAL PLANTS (SEED FERNS)
 
300 million years old

Monkwearmouth Colliery, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
Lovely little frond of a seed fern from the tips of Monkwearmouth Colliery before the site was cleared and developed.

What appears to be a repair across the middle of the specimen is a grass-like leaf of another plant.

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: 9 x 6 x 1 centimetres
Weight: 180 grams

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