Dino-Killing Asteroid Gave Birth to the Amazon

Dino-Killing Asteroid Gave Birth to the Amazon
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Today’s tropical rainforests came about because of the huge asteroid strike thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs.

Before the asteroid hit the Yucatán peninsula in what is now Mexico, South America’s rainforests were made up of vastly different greenery than the abundance of flowering plants they now contain.

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