Global warming sparked the rise of the reptiles: New Study
A study led by Harvard University has found new evidence that indicates reptile evolution was caused by rapid global warming. The findings of a new study challenge previously known reasons on the evolution of the reptiles. Rising global temperatures millions of years ago caused the rates of evolution and diversity of reptiles to explode, a peer reviewed study published in the journal Natural Communications, has found. According to the study, led by scientists from Harvard University in the United States, this extreme climate shift gave rise to a variety of acquired abilities, physical characteristics, and traits just over 250 millions years ago. The two largest mass extinction events on Earth took place at the end of the Permian geologic period. About 86% of all the animal species were wiped out in the extinction event about 252 million years ago. It also marked the onset of a new era where the population of reptiles on land boomed rapidly.