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PHOTO: Fossil that's 300 million years old found during Arkansas excavation project

By Rachel Herzog

This article was originally published December 13, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Updated December 14, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

A private excavation team found the fossil of a 300-million-year-old plant in rural Arkansas, Independence County Judge Robert Griffin said.


A shallow excavation project in Arkansas unearthed the remains of a plant millions of years old, one county says.

Someone from the private excavation team asked if Independence County would be interested in displaying the fossil of a plant estimated to be 300 million years old, according to Robert Griffin, county judge.

The remains show the complete section of the plant, which is embedded in the sedimentary formation of a rock.

The fossil was found on a hill in the Hutchinson Mountain community in the rural, southern part of the county.

It will be displayed in the genealogy section of the Independence County Library, Griffin said.

"While it is not a high-value relic, it is a part of our county's history and is just a fabulous thing to have for display," he added.

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wildblueyonder says... December 13, 2017 at 3:34 p.m.

How do they know a fossil is 300 million years old? The world isn't that old.

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Winfield says... December 14, 2017 at 7:53 a.m.

The Earth is 4.54 billion years old, with an error range of 50,000,000 million years.

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wildblueyonder says... December 14, 2017 at 9:21 a.m.

Where's the proof? Other than your guess.

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BirdDogsRock says... December 14, 2017 at 10:36 a.m.

Where is your evidence that the earth is not that old, goho? ... your bronze-age book of fairy tales?

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LREagle says... December 14, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.

Would someone identify the 'dating method' used to id fossil as being 300 million years old? Thanks

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BirdDogsRock says... December 14, 2017 at 12:01 p.m.

Eagle, the principles of fossil dating are easy enough to find with Google, and the basic concepts of the different methodologies are easy enough to understand for someone who has much science background. For the specifics in this case, you'll have to contact Independence County.

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3WorldState1 says... December 14, 2017 at 12:26 p.m.

Fake news! Everyone knows the world is only six thousand years old. How we know that though, I'm not sure. Maybe the Russian Troll can fill us in.

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