Decoupled Plant and Insect Diversity After the End-Cretaceous Extinction

@article{Wilf2006DecoupledPA,
  title={Decoupled Plant and Insect Diversity After the End-Cretaceous Extinction},
  author={Peter Wilf and Conrad C. Labandeira and Kirk R. Johnson and Bethany Ellis},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={313},
  pages={1112 - 1115}
}
Food web recovery from mass extinction is poorly understood. We analyzed insect-feeding damage on 14,999 angiosperm leaves from 14 latest Cretaceous, Paleocene, and early Eocene sites in the western interior United States. Most Paleocene floras have low richness of plants and of insect damage. However, a low-diversity 64.4-million-year-old flora from southeastern Montana shows extremely high insect damage richness, especially of leaf mining, whereas an anomalously diverse 63.8-million-year-old… 

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