Monday, February 11, 2008

Fossil poop

As we cover more material there is more to choose to blog about but it sometimes gets hard to know whether to add something now or wait until later. However since I inevitably forget to post later I think it is better to post now as long as it's sort of relevant.

This story includes plants, insects, climate change, fossils and herbivory. Accordng to a study of 5000 fossil leaves a period of increasing temperature 55 million years ago led to a huge increase in the percent of plants that were being attacked. This is thought to be because insects do better and plants are more nutritious as it gets warmer. This study could obviously have implications for the global change we are currently seeing.

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