Due to mass extinctions from the past, the Earth could have become a lifeless planet if it were not for the species’ abilities to survive those events. And now, when signs show we’re on the brink of a 6th mass extinction, we all should know that surviving such as apocalyptic mass extinction is possible, according to scientists.
More than 250 million years ago, the Great Dying event took place, but life on Earth made it through that period, so scientists were curious to see how. To determine this, they analyzed the fossils of ancient sea creatures. About 70 percent of the backboned animals living on the land were killed, as well as 96 percent of life in the oceans.
According to a museum scientist of invertebrate paleontology at the California Academy of Sciences, Dr. Ashley Dineen, “we’re interested in understanding why certain species and communities survived and recovered better than others.”
Scientists showed the characteristics needed for surviving an apocalyptic mass extinction
The survival of some species that were able to pass through mass extinction events has been an exciting topic for biology specialists. They are challenged by the abilities these survivors had when the dead period stroke. That might be something to do with the species’ way of reacting to stress.
As our planet is now under danger because of climate change and global warming, it is essential to see if the creatures that are living now on our planet will survive a future apocalyptic mass extinction. At the moment, the specialists believe we’re on the brink of a 6th mass extinction, so it is essential to find out how the ancient life on Earth survived “Great Dying” events. Ashley Dineen added that it is critical to learning about the way these species survived and focused on conservating their efforts accordingly.
“When you consider the mass extinction we face today, it’s clear we have to take entire systems into account before it’s too late to correct course.” According to the study, creatures possessing “modern traits like greater mobility, higher metabolism, and more diverse feeding habits” would be surviving an apocalyptic mass extinction. These “hardy stand-outs” were more robust and stronger during Great Dying, and marine invertebrates became more defensive, the mussels, for example, while fish became more agile and predators were more active.
Jasmine holds a Master’s in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and writes professionally in a broad variety of genres. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition. Jasmine writes primarily in our LGBTTQQIAAP and Science section.