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Does Earth's Shifting Orbit Influence How Life Evolves?

14 May 2018, 20:00 UTC
Does Earth's Shifting Orbit Influence How Life Evolves? NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

It’s nice to think we’re part of something bigger. And we are, really—in a cosmic, evolutionary sense.

A team of researchers from the United States and New Zealand took a look at how likely species were to go extinct and how likely new species were to appear during a 60-million-year period, long before humans evolved. Upon analyzing fossil data, it seemed to them as if astronomical cycles led to climactic effects that ultimately aligned with new species of plankton appearing and going extinct on Earth.

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