Fossils Show Quick Rebound Of Life After Ancient Mass Extinction
(Click to enlarge) A new study of fossils shows life rebounded faster at the end of the Permian Period about 252 millino years ago than originally thought. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Fossils including sharks, sea reptiles and squid-like creatures dug up in Idaho reveal a marine ecosystem thriving relatively soon after Earth’s worst mass extinction, contradicting the long-held notion life was slow to recover from the calamity.
(From Reuters / By Will Dunham)– Scientists on Wednesday described the surprising fossil discovery showing creatures flourishing in the aftermath of the worldwide die-off at the end of the Permian Period about 252 million years ago that erased roughly 90 percent of species.
Even the asteroid-induced mass extinction 66 million years ago that doomed the dinosaurs did not push life to the brink of annihilation like the Permian one. Read the full story »