Prehistoric Flora & Fauna

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The Cenozoic Era is easy to define: it’s the stretch of geologic time that kicked off with the Cretaceous/Tertiary Extinction, 65 million years ago, and continues down to the present day. Informally, the Cenozoic Era is often referred to as the “age of mammals,” since it was...

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The Eocene epoch began 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago, and continued for another 22 million years, up to 34 million years ago. As with the preceding Paleocene epoch, the Eocene was characterized by the continuing adaptation and...

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The Permian–Triassic (P–Tr or P–Textinction event, colloquially known as the Great Dying, the End-Permian Extinction or the...

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The Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pgextinction event, also known as the Cretaceous–Tertiary (K–Textinction, was a mass extinction of...

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The Carboniferous Period lasted from about 359.2 to 299 million years ago* during the late Paleozoic Era. The term “Carboniferous” comes from England, in reference to the rich deposits of coal that occur there. These deposits of coal occur throughout northern Europe, Asia,...

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The Snowball Earth hypothesis proposes that Earth’s surface became entirely or nearly entirely frozen at least once, sometime earlier than 650 Mya (million years ago). Proponents of the hypothesis argue that it best explains sedimentary deposits generally regarded as of...

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A flood basalt is the result of a giant volcanic eruption or series of eruptions that coats large stretches of land or the ocean floor with basalt lava. Flood basalt provinces such as the Deccan Traps of India are often called traps, which derives from the...

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Impact events, proposed as causes of mass extinction, are when the planet is struck by a comet or meteor large enough to create a huge shock wave felt around the globe. Widespread dust and debris rain down, disrupting the climate and causing extinction on a global, rather...

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