A tree 19.5 meters long was first discovered, with roots, branches and leaves. Then, a few weeks later, 150 petrified logs were found at a short distance, one on top of the other.
Nicholas Zuros, professor of geology at the University of Aegean, could not believe his luck. For 25 years of excavations in the petrified forest of Lesvos, he has not found anything like it.
“This is a unique tree,” he said. “It’s the first time to find him in such a complete and perfect condition. Then finding a treasure trove of so many fossilized trunks in one pit was, well, incredible. ”
The Petrified Forest, a UNESCO-protected Geopark, stretches across nearly the entire western peninsula of the Greek island and is one of the largest in the world.