Millions of years ago, dinosaurs ruled the earth. On land, in the water, and even in the sky, at least one dinosaur or distant relative ruled the food chains.
Then an asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago and all hell broke loose. The dominance of the dinosaurs ended along with 75 percent of the plants and animals. This paved the way for mammals, and then humans, to be dominant.
But now researchers say the catastrophic asteroid impact was responsible for the formation of Amazon rainforests as they are now. The asteroid hit near the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, near the Amazon rainforests.
We know that Amazon rainforests are extremely important to the global ecosystem.
A research report titled “Cretaceous Extinctions and Origins of Modern Neotropical Rainforests” provides results from the analysis of thousands of fossils of pollen, spores and leaves. These fossils are 50 to 70 million years old.
The study has shown that the asteroid impact has a major impact on the development of the tropical rainforest. One of the authors of the paper was even quoted as saying that the effects changed the “ecological and evolutionary development” of these forests. The study was published in the journal Science.
It is true what they say, life continues to struggle even in the face of a disaster.