Giant tree trunk, 20 million years old, found in Lemnos

The creation of the fossil forest is directly related to volcanic activity, the professor in charged explained

A giant trunk of a fossilised tree was discovered in the village of Varos in the Greek island of Lemnos, during excavation and  maintenance works, carried out by a staff of the Museum of Natural History of the Fossil Forest of Lesvos, under its director, Professor Nikolaos Zouros.

“The trunk, with a length of more than eight metres, retains the characteristics of the wood, while the ends of its branches have been preserved in excellent condition. This is an impressive find of a fossilised trunk of a coniferous tree, for which we get an overall picture of its dimensions and is an indisputable witness of the value of the fossil forest of Lemnos “, Mr. Zouros told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.

As he explained, “the creation of the fossil forest is directly related to volcanic activity in the region of modern day Aegean, mainly during the Miocene period, about 20 million years ago. At that time there was generalised volcanic activity in the wider region of the northeastern Aegean and Asia Minor, due to which both the fossilised forest in Lemnos and the fossilised forest of Lesvos were formed. As is known, standing and adjacent fossilised tree trunks have been found in the sea area between the two islands “.

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