What a 66-million-year-old forest fire reveals about the last days of the dinosaurs

June 6, 2014 4:58 PM

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What a 66-million-year-old forest fire reveals about the last days of the dinosaurs

As far back as the time of the dinosaurs, 66 million years ago, forests recovered from fires in the same manner they do today, according to a team of researchers from McGill University and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

During an expedition in southern Saskatchewan, Canada, the team discovered the first fossil-record evidence of forest fire ecology - the regrowth of plants after a fire - revealing a snapshot of the ecology on earth just before the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. The researchers also found evidenc...

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