When the asteroid hit, dinosaurs weren’t the only ones that suffered. Clouds of ash blocked the sun and cooled the planet’s temperature, devastating plant life. But fungi, which decompose dead stuff, did well. So what happened to the lichens, which are made of a plant and fungus living together as one organism?
“We thought that lichens would be affected negatively, but in the three groups we looked at, they seized the chance and diversified rapidly,” says Jen-Pang Huang, the paper’s first author, a former postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum now at Academia Sinica in Taipei. “Some lichens grow sophisticated 3D structures like plant leaves, and these ones filled the niches of plants that died out.” (1)
Some die. Some live.
Should the first worry about living?
Should the latter worry about dying?
You are what you are.
You do what you do.
In the cosmos chess of existence, every move is valid.
For the game is fixed. And at the end, we will all go back to the beginning.
How can we do something we have not done already?
Dying. Only because we have lived.
Living. Only because we have died.
The chessboard. Look at the chessboard! This is the game!