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How flowers changed the world : Flowers appeared on Earth about 130 million years ago. Before flowers, land plants evolved from a group of green algae, perhaps as early as 510 million years ago, but the evolution of the seed which was deployed for dispersal made plants ubiquitous. And this helped to increase the concentration of Oxygen in the atmosphere. Do watch this video which is kind of fantastic : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXydMRoL9RU (How to grow a planet with prof Iain Stewart.

Recently evolved : If all Earth's history were compressed into an hour, flowering plants would exist for only the last 90 seconds. But once they took firm root about 100 million years ago, they swiftly diversified in an explosion of varieties that established most of the flowering plant families of the modern world.

It's why we exist : Today flowering plant species outnumber by twenty to one those of ferns and cone-bearing trees, or conifers, which had thrived for 200 million years before the first bloom appeared. As a food source flowering plants provide us and the rest of the animal world with the nourishment that is fundamental to our existence. In the words of Walter Judd, a botanist at the University of Florida, "If it weren't for flowering plants, we humans wouldn't be here."

Evolution and Innovation : What allowed flowering plants to dominate the world's flora so quickly? What was their great innovation? Early angiosperms got their start on the margins. In a world dominated by conifers and ferns, these botanical newcomers managed to get a toehold in areas of ecological disturbance, such as floodplains and volcanic regions, and adapted quickly to new environments. Fossil evidence leads some botanists to believe that the first flowering plants were herbaceous, meaning they grew no woody parts. (The latest genetic research, however, indicates that most ancient angiosperm lines included both herbaceous and woody plants.) Unlike trees, which require years to mature and bear seed, herbaceous angiosperms live, reproduce, and die in short life cycles. This enables them to seed new ground quickly and perhaps allowed them to evolve faster than their competitors, advantages that may have helped give rise to their diversity.

Flashy is better : Casting pollen to the wind is a hit-or-miss method of reproduction. Although wind pollination suffices for many plant species, direct delivery by insects is far more efficient. Insects doubtless began visiting and pollinating angiosperms as soon as the new plants appeared on Earth some 130 million years ago. But it would be another 30 or 40 million years before flowering plants grabbed the attention of insect pollinators by flaunting flashy petals.

References and Sources:

http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/prehistoric-world/big-bloom/

http://sciencenetlinks.com/science-news/science-updates/flowers-rainfall/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-flowers-changed-world-ecosystems-art-galleries-180956110/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_plants

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Consider reading allowed, in the few minutes we can devote to ourselves, the divine, the truth, the life, and the way. May our Lord Jesus fill our hearts with humility and love. Amen.
 
        Litany Of The Most Precious Blood Of Jesus

Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
God our Father in heaven
have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world
have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit
have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God
have mercy on us
Blood of Christ, only Son of the Father
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, incarnate Word
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, of the new and eternal
covenant
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, that spilled to the ground
be our salvation
Blood of Christ,
that flowed at the scourging
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, dripping from the thorns
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, shed on the cross
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, the price of our redemption be our salvation
Blood of Christ, our only claim to pardon
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, our blessing cup
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, in which we are washed
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, torrent of mercy
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, that overcomes evil
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, strength of the martyrs
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, endurance of the saints
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, that makes the barren
fruitful
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, protection of the threatened be our salvation
Blood of Christ, comfort of the weary
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, solace of the mourner
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, hope of the repentant
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, our peace and refreshment
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, our pledge of life
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, by which we pass to glory
be our salvation
Blood of Christ, most worthy of honor
be our salvation
Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world
have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world
have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world
have mercy on us
Lord, you redeemed us by your blood.
You have made us a kingdom
to serve our God.

Father, by the blood of your Son you have set us free and saved us from death. Continue your work of love within us, that by constantly celebrating the mystery of our salvation we may reach the eternal life it promises.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Winter, don't go.
Via +nomad dimitri
 
Enough!  I have to run away from here

For winter is ending soon and the snows are already starting to melt in the Alps.  So despite being thin as a rail, I have to move northwards if I want to catch some of the last real snow.  In any case, I feel mended: the lavender fields have done their magic and the thick meat stews may have garnered me a couple of kilos.

Sure, there will be snowstorms through March and, even, into April.  But it is not the same thing as snowshoeing through forests piled with heavy snow established for months.

So, today, I am prying myself out of the monastery, packing snug duck-feather parkas into crammed suitcases and retracing the river back up to the high alpine ranges. 

Meanwhile, the air smells of spring, the wet southerlies are blowing, hyacinths are smiling. Please!  I am not ready for so much spring yet!   Too noisy.  I need another month of cottony white quiet.

As people celebrate the end of winter, I find myself, once again, a minority.  Is anyone here with me?

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Happy Birthday +nomad dimitri!
Happy Birthday nomad dimitri
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Thank you, Mark. Nomad is an inspiration to me and many others. #crushtheorange
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Happy December, my friends! I had to share this beautiful photo.
 
Gorgeous image of Chicago Water Tower.. 

#Chicago   #WaterTower   #Photography   #Winter   #HolidayDecorations  
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My hair is finally growing out a bit. I just want to send a little love to my circles and say thanks for the great posts. I rarely post these days, but I'm grateful for all of you. God bless!
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Wonderful!!
 
Huge news from the Vatican: Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy announced
"The jubilee will begin on Dec. 8, the day Catholics celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and which this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council. It will end on Nov. 20, 2016, on the feast of Christ the King."
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Shrimp, bay scallops, fresh tomato, garlic, and peppers, tossed with linguini. 
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BEAUTIFUL! Nice job +Elizabeth Gomez-Mayo​!
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Happy "Fat Tuesday"
 
Tomaten auf den Augen haben (Literal translation: "You have tomatoes on your eyes") and 39 other brilliant idioms that simply can't be translated literally: http://goo.gl/RehkEc
By Helene Batt and Kate Torgovnick May It’s a piece of cake. You can't put lipstick on a pig. Why add fuel to the fire? Idioms are those phrases that mean more than the sum of their words. As our O...
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Yup. Sorry, guys, but Jesus is my first and most important bridegroom, and I am and shall, with the grace of the Holy Spirit, always be His. Thanks, +Paul Schlenker
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First I became a writer, then I learned to cook and made my way through kitchens across the country for a dozen years. Afterward I studied law.  In kitchens, I cooked everything from cheese-steak to classical French cuisine, and ran a few venues.  As a lawyer I defended product manufacturers and construction companies, arguing my way through courtrooms up and down Florida. I like painting, reading, tent-camping, and just about anything that includes getting to spend time with my dogs. Thanks for adding me to your circles. See you around G+.