• Question: is there a link between humans and plants

    Asked by claud888 to Anthony on 11 Jan 2019.
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      Anthony Redmond answered on 11 Jan 2019:


      I’m not 100% on what you are asking, and I can think of two main areas your question could be applied to, so I will try and answer anyway! Please comment if I am on the wrong track!

      Evolutionary link: We come from a common ancestor with plants, but all animals, all fungi, and even some tiny single-celled relatives are more closely related to us. Even though our evolutionary split from plants was a long time ago, we still share many biological mechanisms and functions.

      Ecological link: Plants perform photosynthesis (making food using sunlight), without which we would probably not survive, and would never have evolved. For many millions of years animals have relied on plants for food, and plants on animals for seed dispersal!

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