Reactive oxygen species may play an essential role in driving biological evolution: The Cambrian Explosion as an example.

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The Cambrian Explosion is one of the most significant events in the history of life; essentially all easily fossilizable animal body plans first evolved during this event. Although many theories have been proposed to explain this event, its cause remains unresolved. Here, we propose that the elevated level of oxygen, in combination with the increased… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jes.2017.05.035

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