The World's Oldest Fossil Forest Was Discovered In The Catskills

I find this stuff fascinating and this isn't that far from us here in Dutchess County. Check out this story from 24/7 News Source. I will note that that is the same area where Rip Van Winkle fell asleep.

(Cairo, NY) -- Researchers are claiming they have discovered the world's oldest fossil forest in the Catskills in eastern New York. They released their findings yesterday in the peer-reviewed journal Current Biology. They say the site near Cairo dates back about 385-million years. It has an extensive root system that shows evidence of leaves and wood from that era. That would be the time when scientists believe that the first forests were forming. The site that had claimed to be the oldest fossil forest is just a few miles away in Gilboa.

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