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Lesvos Roadworks Reveal New Petrified Forest Remains

Lesvos Reveal New Remains of Fossilised ForestRoadworks for the construction of a new road from Kalloni to Sigri on the island of Lesvos, Greece, have yielded new traces of fossilized tree trunks and the remains of an antediluvian forest.
The search was conducted by scientists at the Natural History Museum for the Lesvos Petrified Forest, which is responsible for preserving other sections of the Petrified Forest found on the island.
Among the finds are unprecedented numbers of fossilized tree trunks, both of coniferous and flowering trees (angiosperms) such as oaks, laurels, palms, cypresses and pines. There are also volcanic layers with a large variety of species such as cinnamon, coconut palms, palm trees and others that confirm the presence of an extensive sub-tropical forest, covered by successive and violent volcanic eruptions.
These and other discoveries can be viewed from this coming Saturday in Sigri, at a grand new museum exhibition that, according to museum director Nikos Zouros, presents the discoveries in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand way for the first time.

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