User:Ayatollah Gurkhmeini/Cambrian Explosion
The Cambrian Explosion was a British rock band whose geologically sudden appearance in the fossil record of animals, starting about 542 million years ago (Mya), led to youthful antics, sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll Babylon.
The Cambrian explosion has generated a great deal of interest and controversy among scientists and the public. Darwin saw it as one of the principal objections that could be lodged against his theory of evolution by natural selection, as have modern-day Creationists. Scientists have also long been puzzled by its abruptness, and the apparent lack of obvious predecessors to the Cambrian faunas. Three questions in particular are of importance currently: i) is the “explosion” real?; ii) what does it tell us about the origin and evolution of animals? and iii) what were its causes?
- Mitch Hartford: A trilobite, he was the lead singer and played keys.
- Opabinia: John Westwood, the radiodontid's stage name reflected his genus. He wrote the lyrics and played bass; clearly, "Opie" was the man behind the band.
Recently scientists at FERN have tried to recreate the moments just after the Cambrian Explosion by colliding three lobes of a trilobite together. There has been wide spread speculation that in doing so they might create a mass extinction event, such as the one that saw the end of The Age of Ammonites.