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By Michael Anderson

ISBN-10: 1615304983

ISBN-13: 9781615304981

It can be not easy to think that the Earth, with all of the complexity and biodiversity we become aware of at the present time, originated in a cloud of fuel and mud. but a lot of the plant and animal existence that turns out so universal now developed particularly lately at the timeline of Earth's lengthy background. The Earth's outstanding origins are chronicled during this insightful quantity, which additionally examines the prehistoric organisms-from micro organism to dinosaurs-that populated the planet lengthy ahead of people arrived.

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One factor is that at about this time animals developed the ability to form hard parts, such as exoskeletons or shells. These structures are much more easily preserved than the soft parts of creatures. However, it is likely that the actual numbers of animals, and certainly the number of types of animals, increased greatly. Many scientists believe that almost all the large groups called phyla in the animal kingdom appeared at this time. For example, the ancestors of arthropods (such as today’s crabs, spiders, and insects), mollusks (snails, clams, squid), poriferans (sponges), and echinoderms (starfish, sea urchins) are present in Cambrian sediments.

The Great Dying Geologic periods in general are defined by fairly sharp differences in the strata, or layers, of sediment. One of the differences seen is the fossils that predominate. In other words, the periods tend to be separated by extinction events, and the major eras are separated by especially large extinction events. The Paleozoic (“old life”) and Mesozoic (“middle life”) eras are separated by the most dramatic extinction event known—that which separates the Permian period from the Triassic period.

The first ones were similar to amphibians and are believed to be the ancestors of modern amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Carboniferous Period The Carboniferous period is so named because it was during this time that vast amounts of carbon were buried by plant life A fossil preserves the skeleton of an amphibian from the extinct genus Eryops, which lived during the Carboniferous and Permian periods. The massive animals of this group probably remained close to water, favoring the abundant swamps of the time.

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