Why there was a sudden diversification of species

Around 540 million years ago there was a sudden diversification of species on earth. Within a short period of time, countless new species evolved almost simultaneously, becoming the predecessors of today’s main animal groups. But what caused this rapid evolution? Palaeontologists around the world have been searching for the answer to this question for centuries. Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now confirmed the existing theories that extreme niche formation and tectonic plate movements are responsible for the development of the wide variety of species. Their findings have recently been published in the renowned journal PNAS*. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)