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Frontiers explores new ideas in science, meeting the researchers who see the world through fresh eyes and challenge existing theories - as well as hearing from their critics. Many such developments create new ethical and moral questions and Frontiers is not afraid to consider these.
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Reconstruction line drawing of Wattieza (credit: Frank Mannolini/New York State Museum.)
How one of the first trees may have looked
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The First Forests

One of the greatest events in Earth history was the evolution of the first forests on the planet, three hundred and eighty million years ago.

Recent fossil discoveries in the United States have revealed how strange these earliest stands of trees were. 

Andrew Luck-Baker explores these primeval forest ecosystems and their profound impact on the Earth’s atmosphere and climate, and the course of animal evolution… producing three foot dragonflies and coaxing our own distant ancestors out of the water.
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