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CU-Boulder-led Team Gets First Look at Diverse Life Below Rare Tallgrass Prairies

Published: October 31, 2013.
Released by University of Colorado at Boulder  

America's once-abundant tallgrass prairies—which have all but disappeared—were home to dozens of species of grasses that could grow to the height of a man, hundreds of species of flowers, and herds of roaming bison.

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New Study Hints at Spontaneous Appearance of Primordial DNA
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Shell-shocked: Ocean Acidification Likely Hampers Tiny Shell Builders in Southern Ocean
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Study: Western Forests Decimated by Pine Beetles Not More Likely to Burn
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