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Why We're Here: Mammals Liked to Smell the Flowers

Researchers now think that evolution has more do to with "flower power" than with an asteroid wiping out the dinosaurs, giving us mammals a chance to take over.

In the Independent, Steve Connor reports that a student of the 4,500 species of mammal that are alive today has found that the period when mammals began to thrive and displace dinosaurs happened at the same time as the arrival of flowering plants, between 56 and 34 million years ago, which was 10 to 15 million years AFTER the dinosaurs were gone. Did we mammals love to smell the flowers?or eat the fruit they brought?

Connor quotes researcher Andy Purvis as saying, "It looks like a later bout of global warming may have kick-started today's diversity, not the death of the dinosaurs." This warming period may have led to flowers and pollinating insects?and fruit. And when it comes to fruit, eat berries!

For several years, researchers have studied the ability of freeze-dried berries (black raspberries, strawberries and blackberries) to inhibit cancer in the esophagus, colon and oral cavity. They?ve found that berries reduce the amount of genetic damage produced in these tissues by chemical carcinogens, including those in tobacco smoke and in food. They also reduce the growth rate of PREcancerous cells.

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