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Photos: Fossils from a Dino-Era Forest in Canada

An ancient forest

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Scientists recently discovered evidence of a dinosaur-era forest fire locked in stone in southern Saskatchewan. Plant fossils found in the region revealed 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.

Stuck in stone

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"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 at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, said in a statement.

Plant fossils

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The plant fossils date back to the Late Cretaceous era, just before the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs.

Canadian badlands

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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.

Salix leaf

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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.