Ancient rainforest collapse paved way for dinosaurs

Published on December 1st, 2010 | by Admin


300 million years ago the tropical rainforests along the equator collapsed, allowing for an explosion in reptile diversity which led to the rise of the dinosaurs.

Researchers believe the destruction of the rainforests kicked off an evolutionary burst amongst reptiles and inadvertently paved the way for the rise of dinosaurs 100 million years later.

And the scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Bristol University warned that the discovery is a chilling message that humanity could be wiped off the face of the earth if today’s Amazon rainforest is allowed to disappear.

The event happened during the Carboniferous Period when Europe andNorth America lay on the equator and were covered by steamy tropical rainforests.

However, when the Earths climate became hotter and drier, rainforests collapsed, triggering reptile evolution.

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