• What Color Were Tomatoes Before All the Dinosaurs Died?
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[quote]New research published in Nature suggests that the very same meteor that crashed into Earth 60 - 70 million years ago—the one responsible for wiping out all the dinosaurs—may also be responsible for the red color of today's tomatoes. Parsing Nature's tomato genome analysis, PhysOrg reports that about the same time as the meteorite crash and the solar eclipse, the distant ancestor of the tomato plant tripled in size—an drastic and important response, as it is indicative of stressful growth conditions for plant life at that time. The ancestor tomato, explains Rene Klein Lankhorst, "reacted by expanding its genome considerably in order to increase its chances of survival." When conditions on Earth improved again, explains PhysOrg, this ancestor of the plant got rid of a lot of genetic ballast, "but the genetic base for fruit formation had already been developed," including the tomato's signature red hue. One nagging question remains: What color were tomatoes originally, in the dinosaur days? [/quote] Source: [url]http://gizmodo.com/5917046/what-color-were-tomatoes-before-the-dinosaurs-all-died[/url]
I bet it was shit brown.
Answering the important questions.
Now, I may be reading too far into this but... So they started as a vegetable and became a fruit? [img]http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/199/693/disgusted-mother-of-god.png?1321272571[/img] [highlight](User was banned for this post ("Image macro" - Craptasket))[/highlight]
[img]https://dl.dropbox.com/u/54123195/meteor.jpg[/img] "Hey guys, I like what you're doing with the place, but um, I just have some [i]small[/i] criticisms. See, um, I was thinking that [i]maybe[/i] we could have tomatoes be a different color. Y'know, maybe red? I'm picturing it, and golly gosh, it'd be [i]just fabulous~![/i]"
green.
I want blue tomatoes now.
Yellow.
Bright pink
Red.
Rainbow.
Probably yellow.
Obviously they were plaid. Just kidding. We all know that they were grey, since, strictly speaking, tomatoes are really a kind of dolphin.
[QUOTE=supertribute;36255558]green.[/QUOTE] I would have said green too but wouldn't it make sense to turn green in times of low light? The growing of the fruit also suggests it changed in response to the animal population.
blueish yellow
[QUOTE=Last or First;36255697]Obviously they were plaid.[/QUOTE] That's ludicrous.
recently there was an article about dinasours and an excessive amount of methane being released by the giant creatures.. wouldn't methane accelerate the tomato color from green to ripe/red?
No dinosaur was left alive that day, as the Tomat clan hunted them down and slew them all with a great fury, and the sons and daughters of those tomatoes ran red with their blood until the end of time itself.
They where red!
[QUOTE=Paramud;36256841]No dinosaur was left alive that day, as the Tomat clan hunted them down and slew them all with a great fury, and the sons and daughters of those tomatoes ran red with their blood until the end of time itself.[/QUOTE] I choose to believe this.
[QUOTE=LoLWaT?;36255506]Now, I may be reading too far into this but... So they started as a vegetable and became a fruit? [img]http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/199/693/disgusted-mother-of-god.png?1321272571[/img] [highlight](User was banned for this post ("Image macro" - Craptasket))[/highlight][/QUOTE] tomatoes are still vegetables
Knowing everything else in the time of the dinosaurs, it as probably as big as a house and wanted to murder everything around it.
Better question would be: what was the color of dinosaur shit? Was it green or yellow? High in corn content or lacking in nuts?
[QUOTE=Quq;36257019]tomatoes are still vegetables[/QUOTE] Tomatoes are technically berries.
Title sounds like physics exams for me :v:
[QUOTE=Quq;36257019]tomatoes are still vegetables[/QUOTE] Tomatos are prepared like vegetables, but from a botanical point of view they are a fruit, just like pumpkins, cucumbers, corn (Technically), peppers. As a general rule of thumb you can just say that if it has seeds in it, then its a fruit. Also I have also found interesting that a lot of the fruits we eat today used to be different colours, like between 1000-1600AD, carrots were mostly red, yellow and purple coloured.
[QUOTE=Cushie;36257726]Tomatos are prepared like vegetables, but from a botanical point of view they are a fruit, just like pumpkins, cucumbers, corn (Technically), peppers.[/QUOTE] there's no strict biological definition of what a vegetable is, and from a culinary point of view tomatoes completely fit in. they're both a fruit and a vegetable
At first they were some other color and then the dinosaurs died and painted the tomatoes red with their blood!
The tomatoes picked up alien bacteria from the meteorite and since then have been biding their time, watching us, until the day when they reveal themselves as sentient beings and take over the Earth.
Glad this is important to some......
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