Thank Plate Tectonics for Tasty Oranges

If you’re an orange juice lover, you should be thankful for the rather bizarre behavior of the Indian tectonic plate.

A new and sweeping genetic study, published Wednesday in Nature, has pinpointed the origins and evolution of citrus. The study shows how the fruit emerged at a time of geological upheaval more than 8 million years ago in Southern Asia and spread thanks to genetic mutations that produced more palatable fruit for animals — as well as our human ancestors.

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