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Avocados: The Dinosaurs of the Fruit World

Lara Rabinovitch

Avocados seem to have evolved during the era of the great mammals, when mammoths and giant sloths would eat the fruit whole and disperse the seed via their poop. So when those animals went extinct, wild avocados should have, too. Yet besides the California cultivation of most avocados today, the avocado continued to exist in the wild (especially in South and Central America) after surviving its evolutionary failures. Check out this fascinating Smithsonian post on this “anachronistic fruit."

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