BOOKMARK: Discovery of Ancient Trees which were Hollow

Bookmarked Ancient Tree Structure Is Like a Forest unto Itself (Scientific American)

Some 370 million years ago cladoxylopsid trees stood at least eight meters tall, capped by branches with twiggy appendages instead of leaves. They looked a bit like spindly palm trees. Today their scant remains reveal little about their insides; in most cases their innards had rotted before the trees fossilized, and storms had filled them with sand. But the recent find of two well-preserved fossils in China has exposed the trees’ inner workingsβ€”which are like no other species studied before.

Daisy Yuhas documents the discovery of an extinct tree with a trunk made up like laticework, a hollow core and no leaves.

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