Skip to comments.Mass Extinctions: The New Catastrophism in the History of Life
Posted on 10/10/2005 4:50:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Perhaps the most telling evidence that gradualism alone can not explain sudden mass extinction events, is that the sudden events effected organisms both in the oceans and on land. Only global events that effect both terrestrial and oceanic ecosystems are capable of causing these extinctions. Whatever killed the dinosaurs also devastated marine habitats, because the extinction event was just as severe in the oceans as on land... Lamarck and Darwin were not wrong; life evolved continuously on Earth. But Cuvier also was partially correct--there were catastrophic events that redirected the history of life. Cuvier was mistaken only in his belief that all life was not eliminated by the catastrophes.
(Excerpt) Read more at mpm.edu ...
FR Lexicon·Posting Guidelines·Excerpt, or Link only?·Ultimate Sidebar Management·Headlines
Donate Here By Secure Server·Eating our own -- Time to make a new start in Free Republic
PDF to HTML translation·Translation page·Wayback Machine·My Links·FreeMail Me
Gods, Graves, Glyphs topic·and group·Books, Magazines, Movies, Music
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on or off the
"Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list or GGG weekly digest
-- Archaeology/Anthropology/Ancient Cultures/Artifacts/Antiquities, etc.
Gods, Graves, Glyphs (alpha order)
The canceled Anna Nichole show?
She is global, in a way.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.