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One of the fossilized leaves found in an ancient former lake bed in New ZealandJennifer Bannister/University of Otago
23 million-year-old mummified leaves might give us a peak at how plants might respond to our changing climate in the distant future. In a study published on August 20 in the journal Climate of the Past, Biologists and geologists examined exceptionally well-preserved fossils from a lakebed in New Zealand and found evidence that they thrived in a time when the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was higher than it is today. Compared with those of modern plants in similar environments, the ancient leaves may have absorbed carbon dioxide more efficiently while minimizing water loss.
It seems the Earth has dealt with worse things than what we've been doing and Life will find a way of course.