Out in the depths of darkest Hungary, at the bottom of an open cast coal mine, the remains of an ancient forest have been uncovered. How many trees were originally preserved is unknown, but scientists have determined there are 16 specimens left for them to study.
The eight million year old ‘stumps’ are 2 – 3 metres in diameter and are up to 6 metres high! They were even reported as still being brown in colour when uncovered. The race is on now to preserve them in situ after one crumbled when an attempt was made to move it.
Sort of puts our minuscule time on earth into perspective really. These things were buried before we began to turn into apes let alone humans!