The Common Descent Podcast

Episode 75 - The Great Oxidation Event

November 30, 2019

Time for another extinction! This time, we’re discussing what might be the most ancient, most mysterious, and most catastrophic mass extinction event of all time. The Great Oxidation Event marks the turning point that set our atmosphere on course to its current oxygen-rich state and made the Earth hospitable for life as we know it … at the expense of all the life that came before.

In the news: the largest ape, early pollinators, early birds, and early snakes.

News: 00:04:30
Main discussion: 00:36:00
Mid-discussion break: 01:09:30
Patron Question: 01:33:00

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