Extinction at the end-Cretaceous and the origin of modern Neotropical rainforests

  title={Extinction at the end-Cretaceous and the origin of modern Neotropical rainforests},
  author={M{\'o}nica R. Carvalho and Carlos Jaramillo and Felipe de la Parra and Dayenari Caballero‐Rodriguez and Fabiany Herrera and Scott L. Wing and Benjamin L Turner and Carlos D’Apolito and Millerlandy Romero-B{\'a}ez and Paula Liliana Narv{\'a}ez and Camila Mart{\'i}nez and Mauricio Gutierrez and Conrad C. Labandeira and Germ{\'a}n Bayona and Milton Rueda and Manuel Paez-Reyes and Dairon C{\'a}rdenas and {\'A}lvaro Duque and James L. Crowley and Carlos Santos and Daniele Silvestro},
  pages={63 - 68}
The birth of modern rainforests The origin of modern rainforests can be traced to the aftermath of the bolide impact at the end of the Cretaceous. Carvalho et al. used fossilized pollen and leaves to characterize the changes that took place in northern South American forests at this time (see the Perspective by Jacobs and Currano). They not only found changes in species composition but were also able to infer changes in forest structure. Extinctions were widespread, especially among gymnosperms… 

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