Technicians working in Geolabs have recently found a well preserved fossil of a Calamite, from a site located in Chesterfield.
This fossil provides a fascinating glimpse into when these enormous plants ruled the Earth.
Calamites, distant relatives of today’s horsetails, were massive tree-like plants that thrived around 350 million years ago, during the Carboniferous period. Towering up to 30 meters (98 feet) in height, they were true giants of the botanical world, dominating vast stretches of land across ancient continents. With jointed stems resembling segmented bamboo shoots and leaves arranged in whorls, calamites had a unique and distinctive appearance.
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