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cacao flowers

FLOWERS FOR CHOCOLATE  Pale petals curl over a cacao flower’s male parts. Here, two developing fruits, or seedpods (top left), will eventually ripen, housing the seeds that give the world chocolate.

dwarf pines

BARREN TREES  Modern dwarf pines (shown) become unable to reproduce when irradiated by ultraviolet-B lamps. A similar fate may have befallen forests 252 million years ago, when massive bursts of volcanic gases likely weakened Earth’s ozone shield.

notch-tipped flower longhorn beetle

The notch-tipped flower longhorn beetle was one of the most common arthropods found on Venus flytrap flowers.

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