Asteroid crash gives rise to reign of flowers
About 66 million years ago, the crash of a huge asteroid in what is now the Yucatan plunged the Earth into darkness, transforming tropical rainforests and giving rise to the reign of flowers.
[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant EAR 1829299.]
Learn more in the Smithsonian magazine story Flowers! How the Chicxulub Impactor gave rise to modern rainforests. (Date image taken: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Aug. 30, 2021)
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