• Uranium-lead dating shows that the Cambrian explosion is younger than previously thought

    5 monthes ago - By Phys.org

    Using uranium-lead dating, Senckenberg scientists, in cooperation with an international team, were able to date the onset of the "Cambrian explosion" to precisely 538.8 million years ago. During the "Cambrian explosion," all currently known "blueprints" in the animal kingdom appeared within a few million years, while at the same time the so-called "Ediacara biota" - a group of unique, specialized life forms - became extinct. The study was recently published in the scientific journal Terra Nova.
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