Research Links Previous Bee Extinction With End of Dinosaurs; What Does This Mean For Humans?

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Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has had environmentalist, beekeeping enthusiasts, and farmers concerned about the future of farming, and, well, food since 2006.

Pollinators, including bees, are integral component to the health of our ecosystems; without them, much of the foods we eat have no way of reproducing.

Almonds, apples, plums, pears, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, and a variety of other fruits rely on insects to cross-fertilize.

For the first time, a recently published study linked an across the board extinction of bees with the event that killed off the dinosaurs.

Given our current state of bee affairs, does this mean the preppers and dooms-dayers on are onto something?

We spoke to Dr. Leo Gosser, founder of the Broward Beekpeers Association, to find out.

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According to the study, performed by researchers at the University of New Hampshire, found an extinction of bees that arose 65 million years ago, coinciding with the event that annihilated land dinosaurs and many flowering plants.

According to UNH, "Lead author Sandra Rehan, an assistant professor of biological sciences at UNH, worked with colleagues Michael Schwarz at Australia's Flinders University and Remko Leys at the South Australia Museum to model a mass extinction in bee group Xylocopinae, or carpenter bees, at the end of the Cretaceous and beginning of the Paleogene eras, known as the K-T boundary."

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