SETI bioastro: Fw: When The Asteroid Hit, Most Plant-Eating Bugs Died

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From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4@msn.com)
Date: Sun Feb 24 2002 - 16:29:09 PST


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Subject: When The Asteroid Hit, Most Plant-Eating Bugs Died

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/home/article/0,1299,DRMN_1_998663,00.html

When the asteroid hit, most plant-eating bugs died
By JIM ERICKSON
Rocky Mountain News
February 22, 2002

When a 6-mile-wide asteroid slammed into Earth 65 million years ago, it
wiped out the dinosaurs, about 80 percent of the world's plant species, and
all animals bigger than a cat.

But what happened to the bugs?

It's been tough for scientists to determine how the insects fared because
they rarely leave behind fossils.

But a Denver paleontologist and his Smithsonian Institution colleagues found
a way around the problem: By studying insect damage etched into thousands of
fossil leaves, they determined that many plant-eating bugs perished in the
big impact.

Full story here:

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/home/article/0,1299,DRMN_1_998663,00.html


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