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Decline of Carbon-dioxide-gobbling Plankton Coincided With Ancient Global Cooling


January 7, 2009

diatoms The evolutionary history of diatoms--abundant oceanic plankton that remove billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year--needs to be rewritten, according to a new Cornell University study. The findings suggest that after a sudden rise in species numbers, diatoms abruptly declined about 33 million years ago--trends that coincided with severe global cooling. Full Story

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