World's oldest fossilized forest discovered

13 Jan

A scientific paper was published last December about what is likely to be the oldest fossilized forest discovered to date. It is a set of fossilized roots in a limestone quarry in Cairo, New York, dating from the Devonian period, about 385 million years old. According to the researchers, this forest represents a key milestone in Earth's climate history, as it was during this period that the first forests on the planet appeared, initiating profound changes in the composition of the atmosphere.

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