Prehistoric Fire Fossils Shed Light on Wildfires During the Dino Era

June 6, 2014 8:23 PM

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Prehistoric Fire Fossils Shed Light on Wildfires During the Dino Era

Upon finding evidence of a 66-million-year-old forest fire fossil, archaeologists are realizing that forests from the dino-era recovered from fires in the same manner they do today. They've discovered the first fossil-record evidence of forest fire ecology in Canada, revealing a bit more about the ancient climate of our planet.

Researchers managed to create a snapshot of Earth's ecology just before the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, not only revealing that Earth was warmer and wetter than it is today, but also showing how forests recovered from a wildfire.

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