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Earth’s History. The Earth formed from a mass of dust and gas about ____ years ago. 4.6 billion years ago. The earliest life forms were probably similar to present day ________. Bacteria. Paleontologists call the beginning of the Paleozoic era the “Cambrian Explosion” because.

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Earth’s History


  • The Earth formed from a mass of dust and gas about ____ years ago.


  • 4.6 billion years ago


  • The earliest life forms were probably similar to present day ________.


  • Bacteria.


  • Paleontologists call the beginning of the Paleozoic era the “Cambrian Explosion” because


  • So many life forms appeared within a relatively short period of time


  • The first vertebrates were


  • Jawless fish


  • The first vertebrate to crawl onto land was the


  • lungfish


  • An amphibian is an animal that


  • Lives part of its life on land and part of its life in water


  • At the end of the Paleozoic there was a mass extinction. __________ of life in the oceans disappeared. (Give your answer as a percentage)


  • 95%


  • The Mesozoic Era is known as the “Age of ________”


  • Age of Reptiles or Age of Dinosaurs


  • Birds first appeared during the _________ period.


  • Jurassic


  • About ________ years ago at the end of the Cretaceous Period, a mass extinction occurred.


  • 65 million years ago


  • The extinction of the dinosaurs created an opportunity for ___________


  • mammals


  • The fossil record suggests that human ancestors appeared about _______ years ago.


  • 3.5 million


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