Archaeologists have recently discovered a 419 million-year-old fossilized forest in China. It is home to many ancient and prehistoric remains of fauna, and reporters say it may give a much deeper insight into a time when life came out of the water and onto land.
The 250k square meter forest was discovered in China’s Anhui province. There they found what seemed to be a Devonian era forest which held certain kinds of branchless trees. Experts say that it is only one of three forests of its kind on this Earth.
The 35 soccer-field length forest would look like a modern day sugar can field, as many branch-less plants would make their home there. Deming Wang, co-author to the study, stated “The large density as well as the small size of the trees could make Xinhang forest very similar to a sugarcane field, although the plants in Xinhang forest are distributed in patches.”
He also went on to note, “It might also be that the Xinhang lycopsid forest was much like the mangroves along the coast, since they occur in a similar envionmenrt and play comparable ecologic roles.”