The asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs helped shape the rainforest – study

The asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago may have done more than wipe out the most famous and iconic megafuna species ever to orbit the Earth; It may also have created rainforests.

One step New study Published in the journal Education Science, It might have happened exactly.

Studied fossil pollen and leaves in Colombia to find out how the asteroid impact that destroyed the dinosaurs affected life. Although the findings show that there is a widespread impact on species, such as widespread extinction, the structure of forests has also been affected.

According to Washington Post, 45% of all plant life in the region has been destroyed due to the acquisition of flowering plants. The canopy became dense and the rainforests became very diverse and layered.

How did this change happen? There are many possibilities.

One idea floated by researchers in the study is that the asteroid itself is gray. This may have led to the enrichment of the gray soil, which may have led to a better environment for the flowering plants.

Cones-like plants that were initially prevalent in the area were simply the most vulnerable. Cones – modern examples of cedar and pine trees – were once known as the primary trees in the world. However, since they have thin bark and, as with pine trees, pine needles and resin are all very flammable, they are very susceptible to fire and extreme heat.

A third possibility considered by researchers is related to dinosaurs. Trees such as cones are known to be important food sources for many plant species of dinosaurs, and dinosaur migration patterns and eating habits have previously helped maintain the open structure of the forest. Without the dinosaurs, it would have completely changed.

All of these factors may have played a role collectively. After all, needles and resins that help make cones very vulnerable to heat and fire have been developed as protection against certain plants.

But while the truth is not clear, the end result is surprising. After all, the asteroid impact was more devastating than the dinosaurs – at least 75% of all life on Earth, according to scholars, was completely wiped out.

This asteroid is widely known as the Cixula impact (also known as the K / Pg impact), which now forms the Cixula abyss in Mexico. This impact was unprecedented, and led to this widespread catastrophic event, which in turn led to new evolutionary opportunities that changed the world forever.

Sophia Harrison

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I'm Sophia Harrison working as a part-time staff at the Costco since the past year until I become as an author at the iron blade, hope I can use my experiences with the supermarkets here.

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