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Unformatted text preview: period continued unabated during the Devonian Period. By the end of the Paleozoic, almost all major groups of life, except the flowering plants and mammals, had developed. The Paleozoic ended in the greatest mass extinction event in world history. During this massive die-off nearly 95% of all marine species went extinct. The cause of this greatest catastrophe in Earth history has been much investigated and scientific consensus of its cause is emerging. During the Paleozoic we see several major advances in life. The aformentioned Cambrian Explosion is the first. The evolution of plants from some group of green algae during the Ordovician is another, since these plants moved from water onto land, paving the way for vertebrate animals to follow. The first vertebrates, amphibians , were little more than legged fish, although their remote descendants would come to rule the land as reptiles , the first truly terrestrial vertebrates ....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course BIO BSC1010 taught by Professor Gwenhauner during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10