Paleontologia
2012

Wildfires in the Late Permian of the Bletterbach-Butterloch area (Northern Italy)

Dieter Uhl, Rainer Butzmann, Thilo C. Fischer, Barbara Meller & Evelyn Kustatscher
Abstract

For the first time fossil macroscopic remains of charcoal as direct evidence of palaeo-wildfires from the Late Permian Gröden Formation of the Bletterbach-Butterloch area in Northern Italy is described. The charcoal consists of pycnoxylic wood and originates from gymnosperms, but a more specific affiliation is not possible due to the fragmentary nature of the material. On a global scale our knowledge about Late Permian fire-ecology is still rather scarce and this finding helps to fill one of the numerous geographical gaps in our current knowledge about Late Permian wildfires.

 

 

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