Ancient Forest Found Buried Under Volcanic Ash & Preserved ‘Like Pompeii’

Preserved 300 Million Year Old Forest Found Buried in China

Forest reconstruction by University of Pennsylvania researchers and Chinese colleagues. (Image: U-Penn)

Near Wuda, China, a coal mine revealed some unexpected organic matter. Buried under volcanic ash was a “marvelously preserved” forest some scientists claim could be nearly 300-million-years-old.

Some specimens were preserved “as they fell,” leading scientists at the University of Pennsylvania with Chinese colleagues to create a rather accurate reconstruction of early life in the area.

“It’s like Pompeii: Pompeii gives us deep insight into Roman culture, but it doesn’t say anything about Roman history in and of itself,