Thursday, May 26

How the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs gave birth to the Amazon rainforest

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Illustration of an asteroid impact

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The asteroid impact 66 million years ago probably didn’t just lead to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

The impact of an asteroid is known to be the most likely cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs, but what happened to the plants?

A study developed in Panama, with samples taken in Colombia, points out that the event gave rise to the tropical forests that we know today on our planet.

The researchers used pollen and fossilized leaves from Colombian soil to investigate how that event changed the tropical forests of South America.

After a 12 km wide hit space rocknow Earth 66 million years ago, the type of vegetation that made up these forests changed dramatically.

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