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Plant fossils discovered in Lower Silesia Deep Woods

11.11.2011 Interesting facts
Pre-ice age plant fossils were discovered by members of the Lower Silesia Deep Woods Appreciation Society during the survey conducted in the military training ground Żagań-Świętoszów.
According to Maciej Boryna from the Museum of Ziemia Szprotawska, fossilised trunk fragment was found by chance when conducting survey under the programme "Dunes and Periodic Water of the Lower Silesia Deep Woods".

"This is a unique artifact, because the soil of the Lower Silesia Deep Woods are mostly barren podzolic sands and similar findings were not recorded before in the surface layer" - said Boryna.

According Boryna, the fossil is interesting for another reason, as it shows in a pictorial way how over time a soft as old tree structure changes into a fossil. "The composition of the soil around the find suggests that more similar fossils can be found nearby" - he added.

The find is currently stored in the Museum of Ziemia Szprotawska, and will be examined by palaeobotanists, who will determine its exact age, tree species and origin.

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