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Precambrian-Cambrian trace fossils from Eastern Yunnan, China: implications for Cambrian explosion. Bulletin of the National Museum of Natural Science Comptes Rendus Palevol – Vol. 8 – N° – p. – L’Explosion cambrienne ou l’émergence des écosystèmes modernes – EM|consulte. An evolutionary burst million years ago filled the seas with an astonishing diversity of animals. The trigger behind that revolution is finally.

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The explosion may not have been a significant evolutionary event.

Consequently, ecosystems became much more complex than those explosino the Ediacaran. Acta Palaeontologica Sinica 40, Hence, the fossil record is very incomplete, increasingly so as earlier times are considered.

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This key event in the history of life on our planet changed the marine biosphere and its sedimentary environment forever, requiring a complex interplay of wide-ranging biologic and nonbiologic processes. The Rise of Animals: The fossil record of predation. Examples might include the evolution of zooplankton making organic material available for bottom dwellers, or the evolution of burrowing making new interactions with the sediment possible. A Cambrian expposion lobopod from Greeland.

Such a system allows a large range of disparity to appear from a limited set of genes, but such theories linking this with the explosion struggle to explain why the origin of such a development system should by itself lead to increased diversity or disparity.


Some researchers explpsion suggested the entire Earth was covered with ice before the Cambrian explosion.

This system is imperfect, even for modern animals: Geochemical evidence strongly indicates that the total mass of plankton has been similar to modern levels since early in the Proterozoic.

Fossils of organisms’ bodies are usually the most informative type of evidence. Also, many traces date from significantly earlier than the body fossils of animals that are thought to have been capable of making them. Access to the text HTML.

The crucible of Creation. Molecular evidence for deep Precambrian divergences among metazoan phyla. Canada’s oldest shelly fossils”. University of California Museum of Paleontology.

L’Explosion cambrienne ou l’émergence des écosystèmes modernes – EM|consulte

Geological Society of America. About million years ago, trilobites made their first appearance in the Cambrian fossil record.

Stephen Jay Gould ‘s popular account of this work, Wonderful Life[24] brought the matter into the public eye and raised questions about what the explosion represented. Abridged English version Introduction. This restricts the data set to juveniles and miniaturised adults.

The Cambrian Explosion – Origin of Animals and the Cambrian Explosion – Science – The Burgess Shale

This apparent paradox is addressed in a theory that focuses on the physics of development. The beginning of the Tommotian has historically been understood to mark an explosive increase of the number and variety of fossils of molluscs, hyolithsand spongesalong with a rich complex of skeletal elements of unknown animals, the first archaeocyathidsbrachiopodstommotiidsand others. Fossilization is a rare event, and most fossils are destroyed by erosion or metamorphism before they can be observed.


Exploeion first discovered Cambrian fossils were trilobitesdescribed by Edward Lhuydthe curator of Oxford Museumin Possible ctenophoran affinities of the Precambrian ” Sea-Pen cambriennd Rangea. If a wide range of empty niches had continued, clades would be able to continue diversifying and become disparate enough for us to recognise them as different phyla ; when niches are filled, lineages will continue to resemble one another long after they diverge, as limited opportunity exists for them to change their life-styles and forms.

The event lasted for about the next 20 [4] [] —25 [] [] million years. It may represent a threshold being crossed: They are so closely shared that control genes from a lab mouse work perfectly well in a fruit fly.

Usually, organisms were grouped according to their morphological similarities as perceived by those early workers, and those groups were then grouped according to their similarities, and so on, to form a hierarchy.