Earth's First Animals Evolution Caused Global Warming

Posted: Jul 3 2018, 9:03am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 3 2018, 11:24am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Earth's First Animals Evolution Caused Global Warming
  • The Earth’s Very First Animal Species caused it to Heat Up

A new study finds that the evolution of Earth's first animals more than 500 million years ago caused global warming.

It so happens to be the case that the earth’s very first animal species caused the same sort of global warming way back then as is occurring today. This research shows the mirror of humanity and is a timely warning to reverse the trend of polluting the planet before it gets too late.

The animals which started proliferating so long ago took to engaging in the process of bioturbation. This consisted of digging and feeding on the ocean floor’s organic matter. It was part of the Cambrian Explosion which took place 520 to 540 million years ago.

Within the next 100 million years or so, these creatures got so numerous and aggressive in their bioturbating activities that carbon dioxide began spreading in the oceans and the atmosphere.

This proved problematic and was an instance of the earth’s very first animals causing it to undergo global warming. Yet the fact remains that this global warming took place over a long period of time. The sort of global warming that is taking place today is occurring in a much smaller time frame.

We must remember that it is not just breathing that causes global warming. Respiration, which is a more complex process since it involves the exact opposite of photosynthesis, is chemical in nature.

The creatures that got involved in bioturbation caused a reaction in the ocean’s water which led to a lack of oxygen. Meanwhile, carbon dioxide began increasing in its quantity at a rapid speed. The huge effect of these bioturbators on the earth matches what is happening at present.

Thus to hold human beings solely responsible for global warming is slightly flawed. It was the earth’s very first animals that began feeding on and transforming the ocean floors 540 million years ago that caused the most massive example of global warming.

The findings of this new research, done by the Universities of Exeter, Leeds, and Antwerp, and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, got published in the journal Nature Communications.

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