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Seed clue to how birds survived mass extinction

April 22, 2016

BBC News | Apr. 21, 2016

Modern birds owe their survival to ancestors who were able to peck on seeds after the meteor that wiped out most dinosaurs, say scientists. “After this meteor, you’re left with essentially a nuclear winter where really not much is growing, the plants aren’t able to grow to provide nourishment for plant-eaters and then meat-eaters aren’t able to access plant-eaters if they’ve all perished,” said lead researcher Derek Larson, from the University of Toronto. Read more.