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On Fri, 9 Jun 2000, Ronald Orenstein wrote:
> That is not to say, of course, that ecological equivalents may not have
> existed in the Mesozoic - given the absence of grasses I would be amazed
> if there were no such plants.
Did grass usurp a previously owned niche, or did it _create_ a new
one? I don't know. I do know grass is very special!
> And of course bracken is not the only living
> fern capable of providing concealment; Dicranopteris ferns form high, dense
> and pretty much impenetrable thickets along forest edge in many tropical
> areas, including Hawaii.
The great value of grass--one of the great values of grass, anyway--is its
abilty to thrive in arid areas. This combination seems to be perfect for
- From: Ronald Orenstein <firstname.lastname@example.org>