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article imageAncient bees may have died out with the dinosaurs

By Owen Weldon     Oct 27, 2013 in Science
A new study has been released, and it reveals that the unknown event that killed off the dinosaurs could be the same one that wiped out ancient bees.
According to WSOCTV, researchers at the University of New Hampshire examined the DNA of four types of carpenter bees from every continent, and that was when they noticed something strange.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Sandra Rehan, said that researchers were able to track periods of diversification and stasis, but there was a period where there was no genetic diversification happening, which was an indication that a mass extinction event took place.
According to International Business Times, Rehan said that they already know a lot about dinosaurs because they were well preserved, and that this implies that more things were also affected in a bad way, but they may have not been wiped out completely. Rehan went onto say that many things do respond to environmental change and evidence is showing that insects, in particularly bees, were affected.
According to iScienceTimes, researchers said that the kind of wipeout that took out the dinosaurs would have affected the ways bees, as well as flowering plants evolved.
The researchers did not study any possible relationships between the bee and dinosaur extinctions, but the timing of both extinctions may speak for itself.
Scientists are hoping that this study will give them an idea of what the reasons are for the current decline in bee species around the world.
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