Scientists Have Uncovered a Disturbing #ClimateChange Precedent #auspol #qldpol #nswpol #StopAdani @SciNate #Drought #Heatwave

jpratt27

During the rise of mammals, Earth’s temperatures spiked in a scary way that the planet may experience again soon.

Peter Brannen

Mike Hutchings / Reuters

They were strange days at the beginning of the age of mammals.

The planet was still hungover from the astonishing disappearance of its marquee superstars, the dinosaurs.

Earth’s newest crater was still a smoldering system of hydrothermal vents, roiling under the Gulf of Mexico.

In the wake of Armageddon our shell-shocked ancestors meekly negotiated new roles on a planet they inherited quite by accident. Before long, life settled into new rhythms: Earth hosted 50-foot-long boas sliding through steam-bath jungles, birds grew gigantic in imitation of their dearly departed cousins, and mildly modern mammals we might squint to recognize appeared.

Within a few million years, loosed from under the iron heel of the vanished giants, they began to experiment.

Early whales pranced across a Pakistani archipelago…

View original post 1,741 more words

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s