“Our Shrinking Planet”– 69 Years Ago a New Epoch May Have Begun on Earth

 

Global Warming

 

“Not so long ago,” writes Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic, “the very nature of planet Earth suffered a devastating rupture. The break was sudden, global, and irreversible. It happened in the year 1950. Mick Jagger, Meryl Streep, and Caitlyn Jenner were all born before this crack in time. Vladimir Putin, Liam Neeson, and Mr. T were all born after it.”

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Past as Prelude? –“How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago”

 

NASA Earth from Space

 

The mass extinction brought about at the end of the 50-million-year-long Permian period, brought about the end the entire Paleozoic era, in progress since the dawn of animal life. The Paleozoic, with its ancient seas filled with trilobites, brachiopods, and strange reefs, was as starkly different from the age to come as the age of dinosaurs is from our world today.

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