Don’t look now, but there’s an orgy in your garden

Grist

Which of the following doesn’t belong: nuclear destruction, pollution, severe changes to Earth’s topography, or rampant plant sex?

Trick question — they’re all products of human irresponsibility! In a recent study published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, University of York biologist Chris Thomas proposes that the current epoch known as the Anthropocene — which scientists broadly define as the time when humans started massively fucking up the planet (my words, not theirs) — has actually brought about a kind of sexual revolution among plants. Flora fornication is so rampant, in fact, that according to Thomas, more new plant species have popped up in Europe over the past three centuries than have gone extinct.

“The human-assisted movement of plants, animals, and microbes around the world has increased hugely over recent centuries, breaking down geographic barriers between species that exhibit incomplete genetic barriers to reproduction and, hence, setting the scene for a massive increase in levels of hybridization,” Thomas writes.

Unfortunately, many of…

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