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March 14, 2016 AT 3:00 pm

Fossil of oldest pine tree discovered

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Tree news! Via BBC News:

Scientists have discovered the oldest-known fossil of a pine tree.

The charred pine twigs date back 140 million years to a time when fires raged across large tracts of land.
Pine trees now dominate the forests of the Northern Hemisphere.

The research suggests the tree’s evolution was shaped in the fiery landscape of the Cretaceous, where oxygen levels were much higher than today, fuelling intense and frequent wildfires.

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