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Nature's true survivors: Flowering plants lived through the dinosaur extinction
by Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com staff writer
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13 September 2023
On 13 September 2023 Earth.com reported:
Flowering plants not only survived the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs, but ultimately benefited from this catastrophic event, according to a new study led by the University of Bath. The K-Pg extinction event wiped out more than 75 percent of all species on Earth, but its impact on flowering plants has been unclear. The experts have discovered that, despite losing some species, major flowering plant lineages miraculously survived.
Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.
...The fossil record is lacking when it comes to plants, as they do not have skeletons like animals. This makes it challenging to trace the timeline of their evolution.
To investigate, Dr. Jamie Thompson of the Milner Centre for Evolution and Dr. Santiago Ramirez-Barahona of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico turned to MEGA phylogenetics.
...It is incredible to consider that flowering plants were tough enough to survive such a devastating event despite being immobile and relying on the sun for energy.
'Flowering plants have a remarkable ability to adapt: they use a variety of seed-dispersal and pollination mechanisms, some have duplicated their entire genomes and others have evolved new ways to photosynthesize,' said Dr. Ramirez-Barahona. 'This 'flower power' is what makes them nature's true survivors.'
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