50-Million-Year-Old Redwood Chunk Found in Diamond Mine
Megan Gannon, News Editor
LiveScience.com – Fri, Sep 21, 2012
Despite the infinitesimal amount of paleontological evidence left on earth providing a clear picture of early life forms, surprises continue to pop up. The latest glimpse into the past is a piece of redwood sealed in volcanic rock found by diamond hunters in far northern Canada. It was likely frozen in time when a tree fell down a crack into cooling lava. According to scientists, its condition is well preserved enough to tell about the weather during the period it grew.