10 - Science News / Flowering Plants Welcome Other Life

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Science News / Flowering Plants Welcome Other Life http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/40687/title/Flowering_pl. .. 1 of 2 3/29/09 11:21 PM Home / News / News item By Rachel Ehrenberg Web edition : Monday, February 9th, 2009 The evolution of members of the rosid clade (including roses, citrus, apples, figs, cotton and peaches, shown clockwise above) dramatically changed the forests around 100 million years ago. USDA/ARS Enlarge http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/40687 FLOWERING PLANTS WELCOME OTHER LIFE Burst of evolution 100 million years ago opened new niches A burst of flowering plant evolution some hundred million years ago may have served as an ecological stimulus package, spurring the radiation of ants, salamanders and other life. A new DNA analysis examines a prominent branch on the flowering plant family tree that includes the pea family; fruit-bearing trees such as apples, peaches and plums; and the birch, elm, and oak and beech families. The findings suggest that
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10 - Science News / Flowering Plants Welcome Other Life

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