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Glossopteris Browniana leaves 238mm


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Genus: Glossopteris browniana. Brongniart.
Age: Midian/Tatarian, Paleozoic, late Permian, approximately 286 to 245 million years.
Origin: Illawarra Coal Measures, Dunedoo, Sydney Basin, Dunedoo, New South Wales, South East Australia.
History: Alfred Wegener used illustration of Glossopteris to formulate the continental drift hypothesis, circa 1915.

Glossopteris Browniana measurements.
Height: 23.8 cm
Width: 20.8 cm
Depth: 1.8 cm

Approximate weight: 0,630 g

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Glossopteris browniana leaves from Australia. The Glossopteris name translates 'fern shape', deciduous leaves form part of the most recent theories on tectonic plate movement and the continental drift, as these wonderful fossil fauna impressions can be found in Antarctica, Australia, India, South America, Madagascar and Africa. These southern hemisphere connections aid to theorize the formation and break up of the super continent Gondwanaland. This one landmass super continent began to break up and drift apart approximately 150 million years ago.

The Glossopteris habitat would have been very much like the Amazon as we know it today. Glossopteris was a seed fern, (Plantae, Pteridospermophyta, Glossopteridopsida, Glossopteridales, Glossopteridaceae). and the Glossopteris is reconstructed as a large deciduous tree, a group of primitive gymnosperms.

Additional Information

Age Permian
Origin No
Colour Pink