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Low Extinction Rates Made California a Refuge for Diverse Plant Species
January 9, 2013
The remarkable diversity of California's plant life is largely the result of low extinction rates over the past 45 million years, according to a new study. Although many new species have evolved in California, the rate at which plant lineages gave rise to new species has not been notably higher in California than elsewhere, researchers have found.
University of California, Santa Cruz
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