A world in which humanity has been driven from the planet we call Earth has emerged from an ice age that lasted millions of years.
Now, a team of scientists has announced their discovery of evidence that the ancient world experienced a mass extinction.
In the latest issue of Nature Geoscience, the team from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has published an analysis of data gathered from three different sets of data, including sediment cores from the Arctic Ocean, ocean sediments from the North Pacific and the Antarctic.
They discovered a series of events that have occurred over a period of tens of thousands of years that have altered Earth’s climate and changed the shape of its oceans.
The team of researchers believe that the changes have been so significant that they triggered a massive shift in the course of the climate, which led to the extinction of millions of species of animals, plants and microbes.
“There’s a lot of evidence of large-scale changes in Earth’s geologic history that have impacted its environment over the last 10,00 years,” Dr Sarah O’Connor, a UNSW research scientist and lead author of the study, said.
This event, the researchers believe, is known as the Younger Dryas, which occurred about 11,000 to 12,000 million years ago.
It is a period that was characterized by a rapid loss of biodiversity, including animals, which was triggered by a series.
of mass extinctions.
These mass extulsions have been well documented in geological and biological studies, including the impact of the Younger Dans of the late Cretaceous period on our planet.
But Dr O’Connors team believes this new work adds to the growing body of evidence pointing to the effects of climate change and the loss of the ecosystem of the Earth.
When the climate changed, the ice age began.
This period of time was characterized as a mass extraction from the Earth’s surface, and there was an enormous impact on ecosystems in the oceans, said Dr O