FINEST PRESERVATION DETAILED STIGMARIA
CARBONIFEROUS PLANT FOSSIL FROM POLAND
Upper Silesia Basin - SW Poland
PERIOD (WESTPHALIAN) : 313 - 304 million years ago
is a beautiful and highly detailed Stigmaria sp. plant fossil
displaying exquisite preservation from the Carboniferous Period of the
Upper Silesia Basin of southwest Poland. Stigmaria are
fossilized branching roots of the prehistoric tree Lepidodendron.
The fossil is three-dimensional with highly detailed surface anatomy
perfectly preserved. The geometry and pattern is beautiful and offers a glimpse
into the past plant life of the planet when amphibians were the apex
predators and sole rulers of the Earth. The flora of this period
must have been not only stunningly beautiful, but very alien in
appearance compare to what we are used to today.
100% AUTHENTIC AND ORIGINAL
AS FOUND WITH NO RESTORATION.
Even if you have no interest in plant fossils, it
would be hard not to be speechless in the presence of this spectacular
piece. It offers a very rare glimpse of what
these towering prehistoric plants and swamp forests looked like over 300
million years ago!
the Carboniferous Period, a large portion of Europe and North America
was on the equator. The warm and consistently humid climate was
ideal for the growth of extensive swampy forests. The Paralic
Basin was the largest Carboniferous basin which comprised regions of
what are now Ireland, England, northern France, Belgium, The
Netherlands, Germany (Ruhr District) and Poland. Periodic changes
in the sea levels caused the rivers that traversed these forests to
flood, depositing massive amounts of sand and mud thereby burying the
forest along the banks. In a period of one million years, several
thousand meters of sediment would be deposited, densely packing and
pressing the abundant vegetation into flattened rock fossil
impressions. The most common vegetation in these forests were Sigillaria
and Sigillaria are lycopods, or more commonly known as club
mosses. They belong to the lycophytes group, today only
represented by a handful of small herbaceous forms. While they
were giant tree-sized plants, Lepidodendron and Sigillaria
are not actually classified as trees but are very unique types of plants
that died out hundreds of millions of years ago. Both grew to
amazing heights exceeding 100 feet with stems over 6 feet in
diameter! Their branches were draped with long, grass-like foliage
of spirally arranged leaves and cones containing spores.
presence of Lepidodendron and Sigillaria fossils suggest a very hot and humid
environment existed where they once thrived.
BEAUTIFUL COLOR AND DETAIL - MUCH LARGE
AND FINER THAN TYPICALLY SEEN OR COLLECTED!
x 3.5" x 1.5" overall
STAND INCLUDED Actual
Item - One Only