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Bees went the way of the dinosaur

About 65 million years ago as an asteroid/comet slammed into Earth and killed off the dinosaurs, bees died out too, the BBC reports.

fisher_antenna_sockets43xOne bee group suffered a grave decline in numbers at the time of the collision, according to a study published Plos One.

The extinction during the Cretaceous Period was selective, affecting some groups more than others.

The findings could help experts understand what’s affecting bees these days as the numbers of pivotal pollinators diminish in areas of the country.

Photo: A bee’s antennae sockets, magnified 43 times. Rose-Lynn Fisher uses an electron microscope to photograph  microscopic structures. 

 

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