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Fossilized Leaves Reveal How Earth Recovered After Mass Extinction

Insect damage shows that half the planet recovered twice as fast from the asteroid damage the caused dinosaurs to go extinct.

Published On 11/07/2016
11:02 AM EST
Insect damage, including multiple small leaf mines (upper right) and margin feeding (upper left), on a fossil leaf from an early Paleocene fossil plant locality, Las Flores (~62.3 million years old), in Patagonia, Argentina. | Michael Donovan
Insect galls on a fossil leaf from the latest Cretaceous Lefipán Formation (67-66 million years old) in Patagonia, Argentina. | Michael Donovan
View of of an excavation at the Palacio de los Loros 2 fossil plant locality in Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina. The locality was formed in the early Paleocene around 64 million years ago. | Peter Wilf