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After a mass extinction evolution works rapidly to create new species that can fill the vacant habitats.

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    Extinction and Radiation of Life

    Extinction and Radiation of Life

    by CK-12 //basic
    Describes how species die out and how new ones evolve to fill the vacant niches.
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    Why? Tell Me Why! Mass Extinction

    Why? Tell Me Why! Mass Extinction

    by CK-12 //basic
    Learn about mass extinction by following Kasey-Dee Gardner in her quest to find out more about extinction.
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    Speciation and Extinction

    Speciation and Extinction

    by CK-12 //basic
    Paul Andersen details the evolutionary processes of speciation and extinction. Stickleback evolution in Lake Loberg is used as example of rapid speciation. Adaptive radiation is illustrated using the Hawaiian honeycreeper. A brief discussion of extinctions and mass extinctions is also included.
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    Extinction and Radiation of Life Quiz - MS ES

    Extinction and Radiation of Life Quiz - MS ES

    by CK-12 //basic
    Reviews how species die out and how new ones evolve to fill the vacant niches.
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    Pleistocene Park

    Pleistocene Park

    by CK-12 //basic
    Scientists will some day be able to clone extinct animals. A park of Pleistocene megafauna might be a reality someday.
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  • Real World Application
    The Biggest Killer

    The Biggest Killer

    by CK-12 //basic
    The Permian mass extinction was the biggest in Earth history. Scientists do not know what caused it but there are several possibilities.
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