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How algae survived a mass extinction

SCIENCE FRIDAY -- Sixty-six million years ago when an asteroid slammed into what is now the Yucatan peninsula, it set off a period of near global darkness for almost two years. Scientists think a majority of land species went extinct during that time, but what was going on in the planet’s oceans? And how were...
By Ira Flotow | Science Friday |

Algae survived the post-dinosaur-killing asteroid darkness by eating other creatures

IFL SCIENCE -- One of the most extraordinary things about the impact of an asteroid that hit Earth 66 million years ago is not what died, but what survived. A new study found that one order of marine algae made it through by changing its source of energy, feeding on other life forms instead of...
By Stephen Luntz | IFL Science |
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