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2014-02-10 12:22:32

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In a desert that was once an ocean, 35 fossilized bodies waited patiently for 250 million years to tell their story. It is the story of quantum speciation, or biodiversity explosion events, that abruptly, and seemingly out of nowhere, filled the earth with a wide range of biodiverse life forms. Biodiversity explosion events have remained one of our greatest planetary mysteries because of the lack of hard evidence as to how they...

End-Permian Mass Extinction Paved Way For Modern Mammals
2013-08-28 16:19:55

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mass extinction certainly sounds like it would be the end of the line, and perhaps even evokes images of the end of the world. However, new research conducted by the University of Lincoln, the National Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and the University of Bristol suggests that the end can also be the beginning. This research, which was published this month in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, noted that the ancient closest...

Scientists Study Emergence Of Ray-Finned Fish
2013-07-22 17:47:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Just like the rapper Drake, ray-finned fish started from the bottom – now they’re here. The vertebrate class of fish, which comprises 99 percent of all fish species, arose from a small, shell-crushing predatory fish called Fouldenia that survived a massive extinction event 359 million years ago, according to a new report in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. "This event 359 million years ago is called...

Sewer Gas Accelerates Plant Growth, Development
2013-04-18 18:14:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Hydrogen sulfide, known to many as ℠sewer gas,´ is a deadly substance that many evolutionary biologists blame for several mass extinction events throughout Earth´s history. However, according to a new study in the open access journal PLOS ONE, very low doses of the pungent compound spur plant growth. The study´s lead researcher Frank Dooley, a University of Washington doctoral student, said he stumbled...

Third-Largest Asteroid Impact Crater Discovered In South Australia
2013-02-17 09:34:13

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online A massive asteroid that crashed into Earth left behind a large impact crater in Australia and changed the entire landscape of the planet, scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) and University of Queensland claim in a recently-published study. According to Stuart Gary of ABC News in Australia, the impact zone is centered in the East Warburton Basin in the northeastern part of South Australia. It was...

2013-01-16 10:37:00

Ecologists at the University of Toronto and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) have found that, given time, invading exotic plants will likely eliminate native plants growing in the wild despite recent reports to the contrary. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reports that recent statements that invasive plants are not problematic are often based on incomplete information, with insufficient time having passed to observe...

Paleontological Enigma Solved Thanks To Scrappy Grave Digger
2012-11-20 12:39:41

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There´s a popular cartoon geared towards adults which tells the story of a hapless young man who accidentally stumbles into a cryogenic capsule just moments before the turn of the century. The capsule just so happens to be set for 1,000 years, long enough for a couple of alien and robot uprisings and for the entire world our character knew to be virtually wiped away. The rest of the show is centered on how this 20th century...

Global Warming 250 Million Years Ago Triggered Slow Species Recovery
2012-11-05 12:49:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a major extinction event occurred 250 million years ago, many species that survived had a long, slow recovery, which was exacerbated by the effects of global warming, according to a new study presented at the Geological Society of America meeting in North Carolina this week. Ohio State University doctoral student Alexa Sedlacek, in his study, found that rising temperatures, high levels of greenhouse gases and a more acidic ocean,...


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