Gallery: The Meteorite That Killed Off the Dinosaurs Also Made Tomatoes...

 

Dinosaurs and tomatoes couldn’t be more different, but new research shows that their paths may have been drastically altered by the same single event. A recent tomato genome analysis has linked the plant’s red color to the very meteorite responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs over 60 million years ago! The stressful conditions created by the meteorite’s impact caused the tomato’s ancestor to beef up in order to survive, forming the lush red fruits we nosh on today.

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