The Cenozoic era, meaning “new life”, is a division of earth’s history spanning from around 66 million years ago to the present. It is subdivided into the Paleogene, Neogene and Quaternary periods. The beginning of the Cenozoic is characterised by a phase of recovery following the end Cretaceous mass extinction, and during which mammals and birds began to diversify.
Published on December 1st, 2013 | by Dave Marshall
What are Mass extinctions, how are they quantified, what are the driving forces behind them, how bad were the ones in the past and will we have more in the future? To answer these questions we ... Read More →
Published on November 15th, 2012 | by Dave Marshall
Animals and plants use colour for a variety of reasons including absorbing solar radiation, camouflage and communication including sexual display. In living organisms, colour can be produced by many different methods. What is true of colouration ... Read More →
Published on September 15th, 2012 | by Dave Marshall
In our first episode on the early origins of life, we discussed how without symbiosis or mutualism (the co-operation of organisms) life as we know it would not have evolved past its most basic levels. Within ... Read More →