TIL that in the thousands of years after the meteor killed off the dinosaurs, the planet was almost entirely dominated by ferns 🌿, and now scientists are trying to replicate the meteor strike in a greenhouse to figure out why!

Read more: https://www.the-scientist.com/notebook/why-did-ferns-persist-when-all-other-plants-perished-70325

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  1. It’s hard to crush spores and they kind of can just spread on the wind, with Ferns being really good at ground cover, nothing on land eating them in vast quantities and all the soil got a fresh shuffling of resources…

    I think quite a bit lead up to that, yeah? I’d actually guess Ferns have changed about as much as crocodiles over that same time period.

    *Civil discourse only, yeah?

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