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14 Jan 2024

World's Oldest Forest Discovered in New York

In a quarry near Cairo, New York, scientists unearthed fossils of [the world's oldest forest](https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/67912560), dating back 385 million years. This forest, which spanned roughly 250 miles, was pivotal in Earth's climate evolution due to its role in CO2 sequestration. The study, involving researchers from the University of Binghamton and the University of Cardiff, revealed diverse ancient plant species that reproduced via spores, akin to fungi, rather than seeds. This find supports the field of [palaeobotany](https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-paleobotany-definition-importance.html#:~:text=Paleobotany%20is%20the%20study%20of%20plants%20that%20lived%20long%20ago,Earth%20over%20millions%20of%20years.), providing insight into prehistoric life and the planet's transformation.