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Scientists unearth 600 million-year-old plant fossils
From:Xinhua News  Writer:  Date:2011-02-15



Paleontologists in east China's Anhui Province have unearthed thousands of pieces of plant fossils which could date back to the Sinian Period about 600 million years ago, a spokesman with the government information office of Xiuning County, where the fossils were found, said Monday.

The plants lived in the warm shallow sea that used to cover Xiuning hundreds of millions of years ago, said Yuan Xunlai, a paleontologist with the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which was in charge of the excavation.

According to the spokesman, the county will apply to build a national geopark to protect the fossils and offer tourists a chance to learn about the plants that lived hundreds of millions of years before dinosaurs.

 
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