Prehistoric Tree Is First Of Its Kind Found Below The Equator

New fossils suggest the chinquapin, found today in parts of Asia, first took root in the Southern Hemisphere.

MILLIONS OF YEARS ago, a volcano erupted in what’s now the Patagonia region of southern Argentina, leaving behind a huge caldera. Water accumulated in the crater, and eventually it became a lake teeming with countless plants, insects, and other life-forms. Over time, these creatures fossilized deep within the lake’s layers of mud and ash, creating a kind of geological jackpot for today’s paleontologists.

Now, the ancient lake has yielded a particularly exciting treasure: fossils of a 52-million-year-old tree that is the first of its kind found in the Southern Hemisphere, suggesting the plant evolved there…[READ MORE]

Source: Prehistoric Tree Is First Of Its Kind Found Below The Equator | nationalgeographic.com

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