Object of the Week: This week we bring you the huge star exhibit of an exhibition about a Welsh Swamp Land 300 million years ago
With a root span of four metres, this two-metre high Stigmaria fossil was rescued in pieces from the coal seam beneath the former Brymbo steelworks site in Wales. The area is now known as the Brymbo Fossil Forest, having once been a swamp in a river delta somewhere near the equator.
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The enormous fossil of a monster plant is being displayed in a specially-designed steel cradle at Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives, where it is starring in a two-floor exhibition all about the Carboniferous period when giant insects flew above a swollen, muddy river in the lush prehistoric environment.
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Known as “the stig” by curators, its colour is natural, although the top two sections of the fossil were replicated in order to avoid attempting to lift 250kg of fossil onto a column, with an even heavier section required to be lifted on top of that.
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Specialists from National Museum Cardiff will move the Stigmaria back to the capital once the exhibition is closed.
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- Swamp Land: Brymbo 300 Million Years Ago is at Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives from January 30 – June 4 2016.
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