Ancient plant fossil found at Park University
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A plant fossil chipped out of a cliff on the grounds of Park University in northwest Missouri apparently is 306 million years old and belongs to a species previously unknown to science.
The Kansas City Star reports that the plant genus and species was named Parkvillia northcutti after local amateur paleontologist Tim Northcutt, who went fossil hunting on university grounds in Parkville, about 10 miles northwest of Kansas City.
A stem or branch of the fossilized plant contains carbon remains of life and pollen organs are visible as small round structures.
Scott Hagerman, associate dean of the School of Natural, Applied and Social Sciences at Park, thinks the plant type was probably washed from another location and then sealed by sediment.
The fossil is being kept at Park University.