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Dr. Simon Willcock from Bangor University in Wales and his colleague, Dr. Phil Platts from the University of York, dug for two days to get to the bedrock at the bottom of Lico’s forest. They never reached it. Here they peer into the pit past the test boxes from a scotland metal worker. It was a surprise to the researchers not to get to the bottom of the forest, more than 2.6 meters down, but they say that is indicative of a very old forest, perhaps millions of years old.


TransGlobe Expedition Trust, Biocensus, African Butterfly Research Institute, DMM Climbing, Marmot tents, Bayliss family

Participating institutions:

Oxford Bookes University, University of Swaziland, University of Bangor, University of York, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Natural History Museum (Maputo), Natural History Museum (London), Biocensus, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, E. O. Wilson lab Gorongosa, Port Elizabeth Museum (SA), Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Herbarium (Maputo).

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