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Research Team Reports How, When Life on Earth Became So Big


December 23, 2008

earth and environment graphic In 3.5 billion years, life on earth went from single microscopic cells to giant sequoias and blue whales. Scientists have now documented quantitatively that the increase in maximum size of organisms was not gradual, but happened in two distinct bursts. Full Story

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