Meteorite: 1 Dinosaurs: 0 Plants: Complicated

September 17, 2014 8:00 AM

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A significant new study suggests that the giant meteorite which is supposedly to blame for wiping out all of the dinosaurs (and all evergreen flowering plants) on earth nearly 66 million years ago may also be the very thing which encouraged the growth of deciduous plants.

According to recent data from researchers at the University of Arizona, the meteorite impact could have had more of an impact to flowering plants than to deciduous ones. By basically wiping out many of the flowering plants, it allowed deciduous plants—those plants which lose their leaves at one poin...

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