Fossil Forests of Ocú, Panama

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Science  14 Jun 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3572, pp. 1214
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3572.1214


Silicified woods, the remains of mid-Tertiary tropical forests, are abundant in the vicinity of Ocú, Panama. Initial identifications reveal plant taxa not previously recorded as fossil woods. The plants identified can be found today in moist forests of tropical America, but not in the savanna-like vegetation now growing at the fossil site.