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Researchers: Ediacaran explosion? There were complex ecosystems before the Cambrian

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Which means they had all the less time to develop:

The first animals evolved towards the end of the Ediacaran period, around 580 million years ago. However, the fossil record shows that after an initial boom, diversity declined in the run-up to the dramatic burgeoning of biodiversity in the so-called “Cambrian explosion” nearly 40 million years later. Scientists have suggested this drop in diversity is evidence of a mass extinction event roughly 550 million years ago—possibly caused by an environmental catastrophe—but previous research has not investigated the structure of these ancient ecological communities…

The first animals evolved towards the end of the Ediacaran period, around 580 million years ago. However, the fossil record shows that after an initial boom, diversity declined in the run-up to the dramatic burgeoning of biodiversity in the so-called “Cambrian explosion” nearly 40 million years later. Scientists have suggested this drop in diversity is evidence of a mass extinction event roughly 550 million years ago—possibly caused by an environmental catastrophe—but previous research has not investigated the structure of these ancient ecological communities…

The results point to competitive exclusion, rather than mass extinction, as the cause of the diversity drop in the late Ediacaran period, the authors say. The analysis indicates that the features of ecological and evolutionary dynamics commonly associated with the Cambrian explosion—such as specialization and niche contraction—were established by the first animal communities in the late Ediacaran.

Mitchell adds, “We found that the factors behind that explosion, namely community complexity and niche adaptation, actually started during the Ediacaran, much earlier than previously thought. The Ediacaran was the fuse that lit the Cambrian explosion.”

Public Library of Science, “First animals developed complex ecosystems before the Cambrian explosion” at Phys.org (May 17, 2022)

One can claim that the Cambrian explosion was nothing new only at the risk of shortening the time to establish complex ecologies, which should begin to create doubt about random processes in an active mind.

The paper is open access.

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One Reply to “Researchers: Ediacaran explosion? There were complex ecosystems before the Cambrian

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    PaV says:

    From the Phys.Org release:

    The analysis revealed increasingly complex community structure in the later fossil assemblages, suggesting that species were becoming more specialized and engaging in more inter-species interactions towards the end of the Ediacaran era, a trend often seen during ecological succession.

    The results point to competitive exclusion, rather than mass extinction, as the cause of the diversity drop in the late Ediacaran period, the authors say.

    This seems to be in direct contradiction to Darwinian logic. That is, according to the R.A. Fisher’s “Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection,” there is no limit to genetic diversity. So, then, why the “diversity drop”?

    So, did new “soils” have to develop, or a new “ecology” have to develop before NS could continue? But what, then, is the source of this new soil and ecology? Other organisms that NS is stopped from developing?

    Darwin tells us that NS is always at work, working at the finest of levels that are invisible to man’s perception, and that this is the source of new species. Well, HOW COME Natural Selection STOPPED?

    And, HOW did it get started up again? Any takers?

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