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March 19, 2014
The first animals created a world hospitable to complex life forms
Leeds, UK (SPX) Mar 19, 2014
The first animals may have oxygenated the Earth's oceans - contrary to the traditional view that a rise in oxygen triggered their development, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience. Professor Simon Poulton from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, who is a co-author of the study, said: ?A major rise in atmospheric oxygen has long been proposed as the main driver for the evolution of our earliest animal ancestors. Our work suggests that the initial evolution ... read more

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How evolution shapes the geometries of life
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Ancient reptile birth preserved in fossil
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Giant mass extinction may have been quicker than previously thought
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Mass extinction happened fast: study
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