A Burning Story: The Role of Fire in the History of Life

  title={A Burning Story: The Role of Fire in the History of Life},
  author={J. G. Pausas and J. Keeley},
  • J. G. Pausas, J. Keeley
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • Ecologists, biogeographers, and paleobotanists have long thought that climate and soils controlled the distribution of ecosystems, with the role of fire getting only limited appreciation. Here we review evidence from different disciplines demonstrating that wildfire appeared concomitant with the origin of terrestrial plants and played an important role throughout the history of life. The importance of fire has waxed and waned in association with changes in climate and paleoatmospheric… CONTINUE READING
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