Is it true that dinosaurs had a role to play in the emergence of flowers? Nicola Davis investigates whether herbivores caused plants to blossom
From providing us with medicine to smelling like decaying flesh, plants have an amazing and diverse set of traits. (Without them we wouldn’t exist: they provide us with food and oxygen.) During the era of the dinosaurs, they changed drastically. Seed-protecting cones emerged then, as did flowers. Could the fauna have caused the flora to change?