UW Researchers Study Plant Recovery Following Mass Extinction of Dinosaurs


September 7, 2023

Photo by Regan Dunn

Above: UW Professor Ellen Currano touches the Cretaceous/Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary in the Denver Basin.

Laramie, Wyo.—Sept. 1, 2023—Using clues from the fossil record, researchers at the University of Wyoming are traveling back in time to study a mass extinction event that occurred 66 million years ago. Their goal is to better understand how and when life rebounded after a meteor wiped out 75 percent of species on Earth.

The five-year study is part of a multidisciplinary effort led by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and funded by a nearly $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Seven collaborating research institutions, including multiple universities and the Sm...

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