Plant Evolution

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National Museum Wales holds huge collections of plant fossils that are hundreds of millions years old. This display will draw on these unique collections and the expertise of the curators to tell the story of plant evolution. The display will highlight the major steps in plant evolution including colonisation of the land during the Silurian, the rise of giant club mosses, ferns and horsetails during the Devonian and the subsequent evolution of conifers and flowering plants. A focal point will be a display of fossils from the South Wales Coal Measures, alongside the ever popular fossil-hunting activity. Expert palaeobotanists will explain the identification and significance of plant fossils on show.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.