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    Yahoo News (USA) July 5th, 2017 12:27 PM: Dinosaur Extinction Allowed Frogs to Conquer the Planet


    The mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs paved the way for a totally different type of creature to take over frogs. The slimy amphibians exploded in numbers and diversified in the millions of years after a massive asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, taking advantage of the huge holes in the ecosystem that extinct creatures left behind, a new study suggests. "Frogs have been around for well over 200 million years, but this study shows it wasn't until the extinction of the dinosaurs that we had this burst of frog diversity that resulted in the vast majority of frogs we see today," study co-author David Blackburn, associate curator of amphibians and reptiles at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus, said in a statement.


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