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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Uses authors parameter Cambriennne pages move-protected eplosion to vandalism Wikipedia articles needing clarification from August All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from October Articles with unsourced statements from June All pages needing factual verification Wikipedia articles needing factual verification from July Wikipedia articles needing clarification from August The Cambrian explosion has generated extensive scientific debate.

In the late Neoproterozoic extending into the early Ediacaran periodthe Earth suffered massive glaciations in which most of its surface was covered by ice.

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Knauth contends that animals may well have had their origins in freshwater lakes edplosion streams, and not in the oceans. Organisms such as the five-eyed Opabinia and spiny slug-like Wiwaxia were so different from anything else known that Whittington’s team assumed they must represent different explision, seemingly unrelated to anything known today.

It may represent the most important evolutionary event in the history of life on Earth. These geochemical and microfossil findings support the idea that during the Precambrian period, complex life evolved both in the oceans and on land.

Dotted lines represent the probable range of particular groups of animals. This is known as the “Snowball Earth” hypothesis. Other explosiob of small organisms from the Neoproterozoic era also show signs of antipredator defenses.


Even if there is no direct triggering link between Precambrian glaciations and the Cambrian explosion, the post-glacial period was a crucial time in evolution.

These are a very mixed collection of fossils: Fossilization is a rare event, and most fossils are destroyed by erosion cambriennw metamorphism before they can be observed. While the explosion was rapid in geological terms, it took place over millions of years – the Burgess Shale, at million years old, records the tail end of the event. The origin of major invertebrate groups.

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However, rates of diversification could remain at background levels and still generate this sort of effect in the surviving lineages.

During this radiation, the total number of orders doubled, and families tripled, [] increasing marine diversity to levels typical of the Palaeozoic, [41] and disparity to levels approximately cambrrienne to today’s.

Eyes may well have evolved long before the start of the Cambrian. A chain of biotic innovations and events seems to have catalyzed both the animal diversification and the build-up of a completely new type of ecosytem, with: This may have caused a mass extinction, creating a genetic bottleneck; the resulting diversification may have given rise to the Ediacara biotawhich cajbrienne soon after the last “Snowball Earth” episode.

Phyla can be thought of as groupings of animals based on general body plan. Changes in the abundance and diversity of some types of fossil have been interpreted as evidence for “attacks” by animals or other organisms.

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. Mesozooplankton are plankton of a larger size.


The fossil record of predation. So the evolutionary development of mineralized shelly parts by different groups would be marked in the rock record by a sudden jump in fossil numbers. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Once a saturation point was reached for the reactions in rock and water, oxygen was able to exist as a gas in its diatomic form.

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Oxygen levels seem to have a positive correlation with diversity exllosion eukaryotes well before the Cambrian period. Their increasingly spiny forms in the last 1 billion years may indicate an increased need for defence against predation.

Cambrian seas teemed with animals of various sizes, shapes, and ecologies; some cambriemne on or in the sea floor a benthic lifestylewhile others actively swam in the water column nektonic.

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 xeplosion one another long after they diverge, as limited opportunity exists for them to change their life-styles and forms.

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Trace fossils [67] and predatory borings in Cloudina shells provide further evidence of Ediacaran animals. It was organic-walled tubes e. Possible explanations for this fall into three broad categories: First, they are the earliest known calcifying organisms organisms that built shells from calcium carbonate.

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