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2011-01-24 06:30:00

After a volcanic eruption that occurred around 250 million years ago almost 95 percent of all primitive life living in the ocean and 70 percent of all animals evolving on land were wiped out.

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2011-01-10 13:22:20

Geologists at Brown University and the University of Washington have a cautionary tale: Lose enough species in the oceans, and the entire ecosystem could collapse.

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2010-12-30 09:10:00

An influx of invasive species can stop the dominant natural process of new species formation and trigger mass extinction events.

2010-10-28 15:15:13

More than 251 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, Earth almost became a lifeless planet.

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2010-08-29 07:25:00

A new study theorizes that the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago by at least two meteorite strikes rather than one.

2010-06-16 21:42:59

How do we begin to understand what early life was like on Earth about 700 million years ago as our planet shifted from an oxygen-free and probably ice-covered realm to the oxygen-rich world that we know today?

2010-05-18 15:09:13

An international team of scientists have discovered that climate change played a major role in causing mass extinction of mammals in the late quaternary era, 50,000 years ago.

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2010-05-10 12:50:00

The evolution of complex life forms may have gotten a jump start billions of years ago, when geologic events operating over millions of years caused large quantities of phosphorus to wash into the oceans.

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2010-03-22 14:21:34

A scientific team led by Brown University has learned how dinosaurs became rulers of Earth more than 200 million years ago.

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2010-03-10 11:20:00

Deforestation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has unveiled what could be one of the largest impact craters discovered over the past 10 years.


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