Fires in the Cenozoic: a late flowering of flammable ecosystems

Abstract

Modern flammable ecosystems include tropical and subtropical savannas, steppe grasslands, boreal forests, and temperate sclerophyll shrublands. Despite the apparent fiery nature of much contemporary vegetation, terrestrial fossil evidence would suggest we live in a time of low fire activity relative to the deep past. The inertinite content of coal, fossil… (More)
DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00749

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