Tuesday, June 09, 2020

[lhwnmibb] Cambrian explosion

What would it have been like to live during the Cambrian explosion, where, if the fossil record is to be trusted, much life was evolving very quickly?

Could something like it happen again?  We don't know what caused it.  Fictionally, the X-Men universe depicts rapid evolution of humans.

Recovery after a mass extinction seems similar, though life evolutionarily exploding for the first time seems more special.

It seems vaguely similar to the inflation epoch of the universe.

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