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Uploaded on Aug 2, 2011
A short film and interview with Roger Mason who discovered the Charnia Fossil (Charnia masoni) in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire (UK) in 1957.
Charnia believed to be around 560 million years in age, is the oldest fossil in England, and one of the oldest in the world. The fossil itself looks like a leaf or a feather, but scientists are still trying to work out exactly what Charnia was.
Leicester schoolboy Roger Mason discovered the fossil in 1957 in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire. He is now Professor at the China University of Geosciences.