Fern World

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During the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous Period and the beginning of the Tertiary Period, vast swaths of flora and fauna were no more (this includes the dinosaurs). According to fossil records after this extinction event ferns proliferated globally. In fact fern spores are found in abundance after many major extinction events as early colonizers that easily disperse. This phenomenon is referred to as a fern spike and is not reserved to major paleontological events. A fern spike occurred after the eruption of Mount St. Helen in the 1980’s. In time ferns give way to other terrestrial plants but for a short window of time ferns rule the earth. Sounds kind of dreamy and Hobbitt-like.

About This Illustration: Micron pens and brush markers

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