A look at various fossils.
"Millions of years ago, probably before the first man trod this earth, forests grew, and the soil bloomed forth with vegetation. From rocks and petrified bits of wood, science today is reading the story of that remote age." C/U of a man with a small rock hammer holding a piece of rock. C/U of a piece of rock showing a fossil within it. Other fossils are presented to the camera. M/S of man in a white coat looking at pieces of rock with a magnifying glass. Extreme C/U of fossils seen through a microscope. The pieces of rock are turned under the camera lens. A "Cycad" fossil is shown. The fossil is turned and prodded. C/U of the surface of the fossil.
A glass blower begins his work with drawings of leaves and stems as his guide. C/U of the glass worker heating and shaping glass. "The Cycad was a fern-like plant, with many fronds. Each of the fronds is shaped in glass. C/U of a drawing of one of the fronds. C/U of some of the glass pieces. C/U of the fronds being assembled. C/U of the frond being turned for the camera. "Other fronds are made in the same way and finally the plant "blossoms forth" in glass - as it was 5,000,000 years ago!" C/U of an assembled fern. "Many similar plants are being made in glass - a wonderful prehistoric garden." C/U of a vase of glass flowers being turned for the camera. C/U of a butterfly on the head of a flower - presumably made from glass.
Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 656.