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The Petrified Forest Visitor’s center some two hours from Payson displays fossils of Temnospondyli, huge amphibians common in Pangea 225 million years ago. The fossils lie buried in the colorful Chinle layer, tinted by the minerals in the same rain of volcanic ash that fossilized the trees and extinct creatures.

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The Jaws of Extinction

Petrified Forest lays reveals violent past to a warm-blooded pair of survivors

The wind blew. The planet spun. The light faded And all the while I stood pondering fate on a ridge above the crystallized corpse of a lost world on a ridge in the Petrified National Forest.

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