Scientists Just Found a Sixth Mass Extinction Hidden in Earth’s Ancient Past

The height of the Ediacaran period, around 550 million years ago, was a boom time for life in Earth’s oceans. Feather-like petalonamides sucked nutrients from the water, like slugs kimberella they grazed on microbial mats, and the ancestors of jellyfish were just beginning to make waves.

But then 80% of life on Earth disappeared, leaving no trace in the fossil record.

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