A huge fossil tree that was kept intact with its branches and roots, was recently found during rescue excavations carried out along the Kalloni-Sigri road, on the Greek island of Lesvos.
It is considered an extremely rare find, as it is the first time since 1995 when excavations began in the area of Western Lesvos by the Museum of Natural History of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos, where a fossilized tree with its branches has been located.
“The tree is in its original position of growth and it seems that the force of the volcanic eruption laid it on the ground where it was found. There it was covered by a thick layer of volcanic ash and then fossilised,” Professor Nikos Zouros said.
A large number of leaves of fruit trees that were from the plants of the subtropical forest of Lesvos 20 million years ago, were also found at the site.
“An important element is also the orientation of the trunk that confirms evidence that shows the existence of a second important volcano, except that of Vatousa, which seems to have contributed to the creation of the fossil forest,” he added.
The recent discoveries were made during the demolition works of the old asphalt on the intersection of Kalloni-Sigriou, which leads to the Park of the Petrified Forest.
“To date, no corresponding trunk of a fossilized tree with intact branches has been found, which has been maintained in good condition until today. The discovery of the find in its new location is expected to take place in the coming months, so that it is visible and visitable by residents and visitors to the area,” Professor Nikos Zouros concluded.