Well, we burn coal don’t we?
This fossil shows the leaves from a tree that lived 300 million years ago. These trees formed coal deep in the ground. The trees lived in a swamp and were similar to mosses.
This is very important evidence for the climate 300 million years ago. It is also beautiful in its own right.
Wonder what clues there will be about humans in 300 million years from now.
The Collections Development Panel, along with the director and the artist, discussed the fossil plant at a meeting on 3rd September.
The blog responses and discussion were summarised as:
“There was not much online discussion. It can be used to explain past environments.”
The decision was to keep this fossil in the museum as is used to help explain past environments.
David Gelsthorpe, Curator of Palaeontology
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