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Two Explosive Evolutionary Events Shaped Early History of Multicellular Life


January 4, 2008

ediacara fossil fractofusus misrai Scientists have known for some time that most major groups of complex animals appeared in fossil records during the Cambrian Explosion, a seemingly rapid evolutionary event that occurred 542 million years ago. Now, Virginia Tech paleontologists, using rigorous analytical methods, have identified another explosive evolutionary event that occurred about 33 million years earlier among macroscopic life forms unrelated to the Cambrian animals. Full Story

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