Massive Impact May Have Doomed the Dinosaurs, But it Jumpstarted Flowering Plants

September 17, 2014 11:03 AM

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What may be good for plants may be bad for dinosaurs. It turns out that the massive impact that helped cause dinosaurs become extinct 66 million years ago may have also giving flowering plants the chance they needed to replace slow-growing evergreens.

"When you look at forests around the world today, you don't see many forests dominated by evergreen flowering plants," said Benjamin Blonder, the lead author of the new study, in a news release. "Instead, they are dominated by deciduous species, plants that lose their leaves at some point during the...

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