February 21, 2024



Rare 3D Fossil of Trees Older Than Dinosaurs Reveals Bizarre Alien-Like Ancient Forests

Science Alert

By Mike McRae

February 8, 2024

It’s difficult to imagine the Earth without its forests, but it wasn’t until the Devonian just 400 million years ago that the first awkward tree sprouted like fuzz from Earth’s pubescent chin.

What little we know of critical periods of ancient arborescence, or tree development, is mostly based on stumps and roots preserved in rock, with a scattering of leaves and branches squished flat between layers of mud and stone.

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