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Hidden gem! 20-million-year-old fossilised tree becomes rarest find at Petrified Forest of Lesbos02:58

Hidden gem! 20-million-year-old fossilised tree becomes rarest find at Petrified Forest of Lesbos

Greece, Lesbos
January 28, 2021 at 09:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

Scientists and researchers have been working on the excavation site of a 19 metre (62 ft) long petrified tree dating back to 20-million-years ago. Excavation has been occurring since the discovery in November 2020 during road works at the Kalloni-Sigri road intersection, which leads to the Petrified Forest of Lesbos on the Greek island of Lesbos.

After having uncovered all parts of the tree, workers at the site used a knuckle boom crane truck to begin the tree's transfer process to a nearby location, where it will be safely preserved, as seen on Tuesday, January 27th.

To protect and keep the tree intact, experts built a unique splint around its trunk and the branches, and installed a metal floor underneath it, to allow for safe transportation.

According to experts from the Museum of Natural History of the Petrified Forest of Lesbos, the tree is one of the rarest fossils ever found in the area. No other tree was ever found in comparable conditions, with intact branches.

Experts believe that its position on the ground has to do with the volcanic eruption which originally laid it there, covering it with a thick layer of volcanic ash. Its orientation could also confirm the existence of a potential second volcano in Lesbos, other than the Vatousa one.

Lesbos' petrified forest, protected by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is the result of a volcanic eruption that covered its ecosystem in lava roughly 20 million years ago.

The Petrified Forest of Lesbos is one of the most extensive petrified forests globally, covering over 150 square kilometres (37,000 acres).

In the upcoming months, the tree will be visible to citizens and visitors in a new location.

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Scientists and researchers have been working on the excavation site of a 19 metre (62 ft) long petrified tree dating back to 20-million-years ago. Excavation has been occurring since the discovery in November 2020 during road works at the Kalloni-Sigri road intersection, which leads to the Petrified Forest of Lesbos on the Greek island of Lesbos.

After having uncovered all parts of the tree, workers at the site used a knuckle boom crane truck to begin the tree's transfer process to a nearby location, where it will be safely preserved, as seen on Tuesday, January 27th.

To protect and keep the tree intact, experts built a unique splint around its trunk and the branches, and installed a metal floor underneath it, to allow for safe transportation.

According to experts from the Museum of Natural History of the Petrified Forest of Lesbos, the tree is one of the rarest fossils ever found in the area. No other tree was ever found in comparable conditions, with intact branches.

Experts believe that its position on the ground has to do with the volcanic eruption which originally laid it there, covering it with a thick layer of volcanic ash. Its orientation could also confirm the existence of a potential second volcano in Lesbos, other than the Vatousa one.

Lesbos' petrified forest, protected by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is the result of a volcanic eruption that covered its ecosystem in lava roughly 20 million years ago.

The Petrified Forest of Lesbos is one of the most extensive petrified forests globally, covering over 150 square kilometres (37,000 acres).

In the upcoming months, the tree will be visible to citizens and visitors in a new location.

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