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Scientists Discover World's Oldest Fossilised Forest In England

A team of scientists discovered the world's oldest fossilised forest in southwest England, dating back 390 million years, revealing insights into early terrestrial ecosystems

Cliffs of the Hangman Sandstone Formation, where many of the fossils were found Photo: Neil Davies

Scientists have unearthed the world's oldest known fossilised forest in southwest England, surpassing the previous record held by a forest in New York state by a staggering 4 million years. The findings, detailed in a press release from the University of Cambridge, shed new light on Earth's ancient ecosystems and the rapid evolution of life on land.