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FIRE UNDER GROUND

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OUR STORY BEGINS SOME 300 MILLION YEARS AGO.

In this remote period, carboniferous forests covered much of the Earth’s tropical land areas, and  early vertebrates first crawled onto land. These creatures would evolve into the amniotes <from Greek ἀμνίον [amnion], "membrane surrounding the fetus", earlier "bowl in which the blood of sacrificed animals was caught", from ἀμνός [amnos], "lamb">, a clade of hexapod vertebrates comprising the reptiles, synapsids, birds, and mammals which lay their eggs on land, or carry their eggs within them. The development of the amniotic egg was one of the greatest evolutionary innovations of that period, which allowed for the further exploration and exploitation of the land. These small lizard-like animals quickly multiplied, and gave rise to many descendants. As biomass from the carboniferous forests decayed, enormous deposits of peat accumulated, which later changed into coal.





This project was funded in part by a FRFAF microgrant from the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.