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23 06, 2017

What happened in the Cambrian Period?

By |2019-02-26T21:09:50-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Geology|0 Comments

Mossy rocks The Cambrian gets started At the beginning of the Cambrian Period, about 542 million years ago, there were sea creatures like hydras, jellyfish, sponges and seaweed living in the oceans, but only one-celled algae on land yet. Proterozoic Era More geological eras All our geology articles First plants and animals on [...]

30 05, 2017

What is a spore? – Plant reproduction – Biology

By |2018-04-13T23:51:51-07:00May 30th, 2017|Biology|0 Comments

Fern spores on the underside of a frond When plants like moss first began to grow outside the water, about 540 million years ago, they needed a way to reproduce themselves that didn't depend on water so much. Some of these plants evolved to be able to produce spores. To make spores, plants [...]

30 05, 2017

Haploid and diploid cells – Plant reproduction

By |2018-04-13T17:05:53-07:00May 30th, 2017|Biology|0 Comments

Human sperm cells with flagella (under a microscope) - They're haploid cells. When a cell divides by meiosis, it ends up with only half the amount of DNA it had before. That is a haploid cell. When two haploid cells join together to make one new cell with the regular amount of DNA, that's [...]

30 05, 2017

Looking for spores – Plant Reproduction

By |2018-04-16T10:36:08-07:00May 30th, 2017|Biology|0 Comments

Sphagnum moss with spores standing up Wander around your back yard or a park until you find a fern. Look at the underside of one of the leaves. There are the spores! Walk around a little more unti you find some moss. Do you see tall thin sticks poking up out of the [...]

29 05, 2017

What is moss? Plant Biology and Evolution

By |2017-05-29T22:55:45-07:00May 29th, 2017|Biology|0 Comments

A moss-covered rock During the Cambrian period, about 540 million years ago, some early plants evolved from earlier algae that could live on land, outside of the water. These plants were like modern moss. All of the animals were still living in the water, so on land there was only moss and mushrooms. [...]