Plant leaf

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The Bournemouth Plant Beds formed in a delta at the mouth of a river flowing into a sea about 47 million years ago. The vegetation would have been washed down the river in just the same way as we see happening today. The important difference is that the clays settling on the sea bed were very fine, and that allowed for the staggeringly detailed preservation of the plant material.

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Common name

Plant leaf

Scientific name

Angiosperm dicotyledon


Wood & Plants


Poole Formation

Time period



47 million years

Where found

Canford Cliff

Found by

Leonard William Whitemore


Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

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