Prehistoric forest unearthed in northern Hungary

Prehistoric tree trunks found perfectly preserved in Bükk quarry

By: All Hungary News
2007-08-01 10:25

The perfectly preserved trunks of bald cypress trees (Taxodium distichum) have been unearthed in an open-cast lignite mine in Bükkábrány, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County. The trees grew in the swampland that surrounded the freshwater lake that occupied the Transdanubia region millions of years ago. It is extremely rare for wood to be preserved in this way, soft tissues are more commonly petrified, or literally "turned to stone" by stone seeping into cavities and cells.


One of the tallest trunks discovered (top) and one of the thickest (bottom)

Komlosaurus carbonis after the latter. The prehistoric reptiles of the Mecsek lived on a swampy seashore 190 million years ago. Based on their 15-centimeter footprints and the length of their steps, their bodies were around three meters long.


Dinosaur bones were first found in Hungary in 2000 but not in the Mecsek as expected. The reptiles named Hungarosaurus tormai

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