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13 Chapter 13 Earths History Slide 2 Precambrian History 13.1 Precambrian Time: Vast and Puzzling The Precambrian encompasses immense geological time From Earths distant beginnings 4.56 billion years ago until the start of the Cambrian period, over 4 billion years later. Precambrian Rocks Shields - large, relatively flat expanses of ancient metamorphic rock within the stable continental interior. Most of our knowledge about Precambrian rocks comes from ores mined from shields. Slide 3 Geologic Time Scale Slide 4 Remnants of Precambrian Rocks Slide 5 Precambrian History 13.1 Precambrian Time: Vast and Puzzling Earths Atmosphere Evolves The original atmosphere - gases like those released in volcanic eruptions todaywater vapor, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and several trace gases, but NO OXYGEN. Later on, primary plants evolved using photosynthesis, and oxygen was released. (Iron mopped up a lot of this early oxygen) Oxygen began accumulating in the atmosphere about 2.5 billion years ago. Slide 6 Precambrian History 13.1 Precambrian Time: Vast and Puzzling Precambrian Fossils The most common Precambrian fossils are stromatolites. Stromatolites distinctively-layered mounds or columns of calcium carbonate. They are not the remains of actual organisms but are the shell material deposited by algae called diatoms Many of these ancient fossils are preserved in cherta hard dense chemical sedimentary rock. Slide 7 Early Paleozoic 13.2 Paleozoic Era: Life Explodes Following the long Precambrian, the most recent 540 million years of Earths history are divided into three eras: 1) Paleozoic(oldest) 2) Mesozoic (middle) 3) Cenozoic (newest). Slide 8 Early Paleozoic 13.2 Paleozoic Era: Life Explodes Early Paleozoic History During the Cambrian, Ordovician, and Silurian periods, the vast southern continent of Gondwana encompassed five continents (South America, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, and part of Asia). Slide 9 Gondwana and the Continental Landmasses Slide 10 Early Paleozoic 13.2 Paleozoic Era: Life Explodes Early Paleozoic Life Life in early Paleozoic time was restricted to the seas. - Life in the Paleozoic is split into 7 periods: - Cambrian - Ordovician - Silurian - Devonian - Mississippian - Pennsylvanian - Permian Invertebrates Fishes Amphibians Slide 11 Life in the Ordovician Period Slide 12 Late Paleozoic 13.2 Paleozoic Era: Life Explodes Late Paleozoic History Laurasia is the continental mass that formed the northern portion of Pangaea, consisting of present-day North America and Eurasia. By the end of the Paleozoic, all the continents had fused into the supercontinent of Pangaea. Slide 13 Late Paleozoic Plate Movements Slide 14 Late Paleozoic 13.2 Paleozoic Era: Life Explodes Late Paleozoic Life 400 million years ago, plants adapted to survive at the waters edge and began to move inland, becoming land plants. The amphibians rapidly diversified because they had minimal competition from other land dwellers. Slide 15 Armor-Plated Fish Slide 16 Model of a Pennsylvanian Coal Swamp Slide 17 The Great Paleozoic Extinction 13.2 Paleozoic Era: Life Explodes The worlds climate became very seasonal, probably causing the dramatic extinction of many species. The late Paleozoic extinction was the greatest of at least five mass extinctions to occur over the past 500 million years.