Petrified Peat from a Permian Coal Bed in Antarctica

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Science  17 Jul 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3942, pp. 274-277
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3942.274


Petrified plant remains that composed a Permian peat deposit occur at a coal horizon in a local area of Mount Augusta near the Beardmore Glacier in Antarctica. This discovery is the first in the entire Gondwana area that yields plant materials as exquisitely preserved as the materials of the well-known coal-ball localities of the Northern Hemisphere. A sampling of anatomical details is illustrated.

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