Early plant - ROM2004_982_23

Early plant fossil, Cooksonia sp., collected 1992

Early plant

Geography: USA, New York
Date: 1992
length of plant cluster=6; width of plant cluster=7 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • Kingdom: Plantae
    • Genus: Cooksonia
    • SpecificEpithet: sp.
Object number: 49684
Not on view
DescriptionOne of the earliest known vascular plants, Cooksonia heralds the movement of life from purely aquatic habitats onto land. These small plants probably lived in the damp areas surrounding a lagoon. They were washed into the sea where they were preserved along with the remains of the aquatic eurypterid, or sea scorpion.
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