A CHANCE discovery by a runner on Doncaster moorland has resulted in the unearthing of an archaeological gem.
Bob Wilkinson, was undertaking his regular jog around Hatfield Moors when he unearthed a piece of a fossilised plant.
The 60-year-old, who travels to the moors three times a week, found the fossil in rubble used to lay new paths.
Doncaster palaeontologist, Dean Lomax, from Balby, identified the fossil as a stigmaria - a type of fossilised plant root.
He said it dates from the Carboniferous period making it 320 million-years-old.
“It isn’t particularly rare because numerous specimens are known, however because coal mines are now closed around Doncaster and collecting fossils from them is pretty much forbidden, it’s a very nice find.”
“If Doncaster Museum want it I will donate it,” Bob said.