The Planet of Death: 10 of Earth’s Worst Extinction Events
Have you ever wondered about the worst extinction events in the history of Earth? Then you’ve come to the right place, my friend. Earth is often called ‘the living planet,’ but as you will see, perhaps it should be more accurate to call it ‘the planet of death’. It is an interesting, yet sobering thought that 99 percent of all life that has ever lived is as dead as a dodo.
Such is the nature of paleontology, that estimates are difficult to calculate as fossils are very rare and the fossil record is far from complete. Nevertheless, significant changes in ecosystems are detectable from the changes in biodiversity seen before and after the events such as mass extinctions.