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New Evidence Supports 'Snowball Earth' as Trigger for Early Animal Evolution


October 27, 2010

photo of geologist Noah Plavansky A team of scientists, led by biogeochemists at the University of California, Riverside, has found new evidence linking "Snowball Earth" glacial events to the rise of early animals: marine phosphorus. The researchers tracked phosphorus concentrations through Earth's history and found a pronounced spike in marine phosphorus levels in the mid-Neoproterozoic. Full Story

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