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Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Ancient tree stump turns up on Poole beach

A fossilised tree stump dumped on a Poole beach was growing at a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Now a three-ton lump of rock, the fossil dates from 140 million years ago and was transported to Branksome Chine with a consignment of Purbeck stone, destined to become part of one of the Borough of Poole’s new rock groynes.

Workmen spotted the unusual rock, which clearly shows the tree’s grain and put it to one side at the Dean and Dyball compound where the £1.9m coastal defence works project is underway.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 11th February 2009

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