Fossil evidence for wildfires, in form of fossil charcoal, is known from a large number of Cretaceous localities worldwide and it has repeatedly been argued that wildfires were connected to the evolution and radiation of angiosperms during this period. The present study provides new evidence (in form of macro-charcoal) for the occurrence of wildfires during deposition of the Lower Cretaceous (pre-Aptian) Malha Formation at Wadi Budra of the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. Despite growing evidence for the worldwide occurrence of wildfires during the Cretaceous, the available database for pre-Aptian wildfires is still rather scarce for large regions when seen on a global scale, hampering causal interpretations concerning the interactions between fire ecology and the evolution of ecosystems during these stages.

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