December 22, 2010

252M-Year-Old Underwater Ecosystem Found

Ian Sample, Guardian


Guardian

Fossil hunters have uncovered the remains of an ancient marine ecosystem that arose in the aftermath of the most devastating mass extinction in Earth's history.

The spectacular haul of 20,000 fossils from a hillside in southwestern China represents the first discovery of a complete ecosystem which bounced back after life was nearly wiped off the face of the planet 252m years ago.

The beautifully preserved remains include molluscs, sea urchins and arthropods, alongside much larger animals that occupied the top of the food chain, such as carnivorous fish and the first ...

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TAGGED: Permian-Triassic Extinction, China, Ancient Ecosystem, Fossils

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