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Charcoal in the Silurian as evidence for the earliest wildfire

Glasspool, Ian J., Edwards, Dianne and Axe, Lindsey 2004. Charcoal in the Silurian as evidence for the earliest wildfire. Geology 32 (5) , pp. 381-383. 10.1130/G20363.1

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Rare basal Prídolí plant fossils, which resemble the rhyniophytoid Hollandophyton colliculum and have exceptional three-dimensional cellular anatomy, are preserved as charcoal. As such, these fossils from Ludford Lane in the Welsh Borders are evidence of the earliest recorded wildfire and are the first documented from before the Devonian. The fossils represent the charred remains of a low-growing, low-diversity, in situ rhyniophytoid or cryptospore-bearing plant vegetation charred during a low-temperature fire.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Q Science > QK Botany
Uncontrolled Keywords: Silurian; fires; charcoal; preservation; taphonomy
Publisher: Geological Society of America
ISSN: 0091-7613
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:09

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