Scientists have recently unearthed the world’s oldest pine tree known to man. The charred remains of a pine tree dates back 140 million years ago when fire roamed the land.
Nowadays, the trees have evolved and adapted to fire. They are not completely resistant, but they have evolved. “Pines are well adapted to fire today,” Dr Howard Falcon-Lang (Royal Holloway, University of London) claimed.
The Fossils were preserved as charcoal and were only recognised as tree fossils when Dr Howard Falcon-Lang dissolved the ‘specimens’ in acid.
This is a remarkable discovery. Dr Falcon-Lang claims they are the most fire adapted specimen in the world.