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96-million-year-old fossil pollen sheds light on early pollinators

96-million-year-old fossil pollen sheds light on early pollinators

Published: Dec 20th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The collapse of honeybee colonies across North America is focusing attention on the honeybees’ vital role in the survival of agricultural crops, and a new study by University of Florida and Indiana University Southeast researchers shows insect pollinators have likely played a key role in the evolution and success of flowering plants for nearly 100 million years.

Fossils excavated from Bahamian blue hole may give clues of early life

Fossils excavated from Bahamian blue hole may give clues of early life

Published: Dec 3rd, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Long before tourists arrived in the Bahamas, ancient visitors took up residence in this archipelago off Florida’s coast and left remains offering stark evidence that the arrival of humans can permanently change — and eliminate — life on what had been isolated islands, says a University of Florida researcher.