Devonian Wildfires Investigated to Reveal Evidence of Tree Evolution

Research performed by Geological Sciences postdoctoral researcher Man Lu, along with her advisors Associate Professor Dr. Yuehan Lu (Geological Sciences, UA) and Research Associate Dr. Takehito Ikejiri (Alabama Museum of Natural History) was profiled in the UA news and recently published in Palaeo3!

According to the findings, the Earth’s first forest fires appear to have occurred earlier than previously thought. This provides evidence that forests invaded into dry climates for the first time in Earth’s history.