Brian Helmuth in CNN: Scientists uncover a 60,000-year-old forest underwater and think its preserved trees may help pioneer new medicines
by Alicia Lee, CNN
Nearly 60,000 years ago, as prehistoric humans just started venturing out of Africa, a forest of cypress trees grew on the banks of a river near the Gulf of Mexico. As the trees grew old, they fell and were buried under sediment. When the sea level rose, the remains of the forest were covered once again.
Now, scientists have uncovered that same forest and believe it may hold the secrets to creating new medicines and saving lives.