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similar rocks on opposite sides of the valley seem to have been connected
emergence of earliest homminids
spreading of trees -> increase O2
carried tropical warm waters from the Pacific through the Mediterranean/Gulf of Mexico and back
Select extinction of small tooth herbivores can be attributed to...
when depositional environments migrate laterally; sediments fo one enviornment lie on top of those from the adjacent one
Formation of the moon
Age of Mammal
evidence of a meteor impact;high concentrations of an element that is rare on earth but common in meteorites
3 glacial centers
resembling mammals; legs vertical beneath the body with complex and powerful jaws
burial of trees -> decrease O2
what period did the trilobites suffer their last extinction
similar biological forms evolve in groups that belong to different branches of the tree of life
large portions of continent that have undergone no substantial tectonic deformation
an abrupt shift back to full glacial conditions; 13,000 years ago
How did Primates migrate to North America?
large rocks far from their parent bed rock that are too large to have been transported by any means other than continental glaciers
two groups of mammals
Swimmer; pursued prey by jet propulsion
all strata are horizontal when they form
fish-like vertebrates with fossilized teeth
'the present is the key to the past'
recreated early environments through the use of amino acids incorporated into proteins
first hominid species to to migrate past Africa
arthropods with heavily calcified, segmented bodies
an organism whose cells are characterized by a nucleus and other complex structures
the physical and chemical principles operating today have operated the same throughout history
the oldest strata lie at the bottom and higher strata are excessively younger
sea spreads landward
Earth's Absolute Age
'fish lizard'- top predator, marine mammal
when/ where did Homo Sapiens evolve?
Dates of Creatceous mass extinction
last glacial maximim?
What were the secrets to the success of Angiosperms?
age of the moon
first skeletal fossil- Neoproterozoic
seaward migration of shoreline
destroys systems through one directional force
start of the modern Ice Age
oldest boens applied to the Homo genus?
Age of Dinosaurs
the intrusive igneous is always younger than its surrounding rock
3 domains of life
natural balance; the root is as big as the mountain
first reptiles to invade the marine realm w/ paddle like limbs (modern seal)
most abundant rock of our surface
tiny spherical floating forms who make up deep sea sediment
each atom with a unique atomic weight
composition of early ocean
when did humans invent agriculture?
Humans are the only living descendent of (blank)
formation of early atmosphere
animal intermediate in from between Humans and Apes
What animal evolved from a carnivorous land to a large marine predator during the Eocene?
fragmentation of Pangea
produced fossils in the from of cysts
large armored-head, jawed fish who fed on smaller fishes
earliest example of modern plate tectonics
largest Precambrian shield
increasing wavelengths as light travels through space- supports big bang theory
mountain building from compression of continental crust and additional igneous material
sedimentary process that removes CO2 from the atmosphere
bony fishes characterized by symmetrical trails, specialized fins, and short jaws
structure allowing respiration
formation of Pangea
oldest Eukaryote fossil- 2.1 Ga
blunt tooth shell crushers (enormous turtles)
marine fauna; invertebrate swimmers
counteracting forces that stabilizes systems
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