Scientists recently discovered evidence of a dinosaur-era forest fire locked in stone in southern Saskatchewan. Plant fossils found in the region revealed…Read More »
that forests rebounded from fires much like they do today; plants like alder, birch and sassafras show up first, while gingko and sequoia take much longer to come back. Less «
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Stuck in stone
"We were looking at the direct result of a 66-million-year old forest fire, preserved in stone," study author Emily Bamforth, shown here, a paleontologist…Read More »
at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, said in a statement. Less «
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The plant fossils date back to the Late Cretaceous era, just before the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs.
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Dry, treeless badlands cover much of southern Saskatchewan these days, but 66 million years ago, the region filled with wet forests.
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A view of the badlands in Grasslands National Park in 2009.
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A fossil of a leaf from the Salix genus, which includes willows, found during the study of 66-million-year-old plants in Saskatchewan.
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