Ancient plant fossil found at Park University


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A plant fossil chipped out of a cliff on the grounds of Park University apparently is up to 306 million years old and belongs to a species previously unknown to science.

The plant genus and species was named Parkvillia northcutti after local amateur paleontologist Tim Northcutt, who was permitted to fossil hunt on the university grounds about 10 miles northwest of Kansas City, Missouri.

"One day, I came across something I didn't recognize from all the research I'd been doing while collecting for some 20 years," Northcutt said. "It was so unlike anything I had ever...

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