They found traces of the oldest forest fires found: they are 430 million years old

A team of American scientists found the oldest evidence of forest fires of the world. Analysis of charcoal deposits found as far apart as Wales and Poland showed that the fire that destroyed the vegetation occurred 430 million years ago, 10 million years earlier than the latest records indicated.

At that time, however, the forest fires they have hardly destroyed tall trees, because the complex vegetation outside the water was just developing. On the contrary, the victims of the fire probably had low heights, except for the ancient prototaxite mushrooms that could reach up to nine meters in height, so they would have dominated the landscape.

Illustration of prototaxis fungi.

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