Life and Death in ancient seas
The oceans were the cradle of life on Earth for billions of years before our ancestors took to the land and air. But they have also seen some of the most devastating mass extinctions in geological history. In this month's Naked Oceans we find out about the bizarre evolutionary experiments that appear in the first explosions of complex life over 600 million years ago, and what may have driven the catastrophic End Permian extinction event, and how it could teach us about potential future ocean extinctions. Plus we ask another marine expert to choose our Critter of the Month...
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Researchers at the British Antarctic Survey have found an increase in iceberg scouring of the seafloor around the West Antarctic Peninsula, and that the chance of bryozoan colonies living long enough to breed has halved since 1997.
A discovery announced at the World Conference on Marine Biodiveristy reveals how deep sea sharks evolved eyesight to cope with the challenges of life in the dark depths.
Initial results from the Jellywatch scheme set up in the Mediterranean Sea in 2008 suggest an increase in jellyfish blooms over the last few years.
Plan for an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will do for nature what the IPCC does for climate change.
Complex life forms first evolved in the oceans around 630 million years ago, but they didn't look much like to anything we see today. Ken McNamara of the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge, explores the evolutionary experiments of the Ediacaran and Cambrian eras...
Why did 90% of ocean life vanish 250 million years ago? We find out as we dive into Permian seas to investigate an ocean in crisis.
Kevin Hardy tells us which marine creature he'd like to be and why...