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.

Access to full paper at: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(19)31569-6

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