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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Land Before Time

posted by on September 9 at 10:20 AM

After a short life in the sun and air, the long and hard return to rock:

Researchers have uncovered a 300-million-year–old-fossilised rainforest, buried deep below ground in a coal mine in Illinois, US. It is by far the largest such forest ever found and provides an unprecedented look at the ecology of one of the world’s earliest tropical forests.

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God planted that there to test your faith! And you have failed!! You must be put to death!!!!

Posted by Sarah Palin | September 9, 2008 10:44 AM

What a beautiful image.

Posted by Sceptica | September 9, 2008 10:45 AM

that's really exciting! looking forward to hearing about what they discover...

Posted by tiffany | September 9, 2008 10:49 AM

What Sarah Palin said!

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 9, 2008 10:52 AM

nice photo charles. you are an awesome photographer.

Posted by chet. | September 9, 2008 10:54 AM

Thanks, Chuck. I love your science articles.

Posted by sockpuppet | September 9, 2008 10:58 AM

Clean, green Illinois coal.

Posted by mike | September 9, 2008 11:12 AM

Intelligent design is amazing isn't it.

Posted by Mike | September 9, 2008 11:17 AM

More hi-res photos and info can be found here:

Posted by More fossil photos | September 9, 2008 11:20 AM

Dude, they are claiming your photo as theirs!

"Images by Howard Falcon-Lang, Bill DiMichele and Scott Elrick"

Posted by theives! | September 9, 2008 11:27 AM

That's beautiful and fascinating. thanks Charles. (I've really felt like your blog posts have been adding to my life lately.)

Posted by cracked | September 9, 2008 11:59 AM

the plant is a lie! the earth is only 6 thousand years old!

Posted by bo | September 9, 2008 1:09 PM

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