Evolution of Animal Pollination

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Science  06 Nov 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5954, pp. 808-809
DOI: 10.1126/science.1181154

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The evolution of animal pollination in flowering plants (angiosperms) and the resulting coevolution and diversification of both angiosperms and major pollinator groups during the late Cretaceous (99.6 to 65.5 million years ago) is one of the classic stories of evolutionary biology (1). On page 840 of this issue, however, Ren et al. (2) challenge aspects of this story and hint at a much more complex ecological scenario for the evolution of plant-pollinator relationships.