December 13, 2012

Did Early Life Evolve on Land, Not in the Sea?

Richard Harris, NPR


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Cartoonists have found many clever ways to depict the conventional wisdom that complex life evolved in the sea and then crawled up onto land. But a provocative new study suggests that the procession might be drawn in the wrong direction. The earliest large life forms may have appeared on land long before the oceans filled with creatures that swam and crawled and burrowed in the mud.

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TAGGED: Evolutionary Biology, Life, Oceans, Evolution

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