Newly excavated fossilized trees at Lesvos shed light on ancient volcanic eruptions

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Newly excavated fossilized trees at Lesvos shed light on ancient volcanic eruptions All the recent trunks, discovered almost accidentally during local roadworks, will be further studied and preserved, eventually creating an open natural history museum "dating back nearly 20 million years" 

Nearly 50 fossilized tree trunks have so far been brought to light at the island of Lesvos' Petrified Forest, near Sigri, during ongoing excavations that continued until New Year's Eve, Professor Nikos Zouros, Director of the Petrified Forest of Sigri Museum, told Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA) on New Year's Day Friday. 

The number of the fossilized trees and their location -first discovered in November at the eastern part of the excavation site- have revealed significant information about the multi-layered fossilization process, and the magnitude of volcanic eruptions that shaped Lesvos' natural landscape, he noted. 

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