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  1. The Permian Extinction - Consider Factors on Planet Mars!
    Mammal Like Reptiles and the Permian Extinction.

    Dr Roger Smith of the South African Museum, shows where the dark Permian soil has been overlaid by the reddish post apocalyptic mudstone, that delineates an event that wiped out around 95% of all species 252 million yrs ago.

    Shots returned to Earth by NASA's Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity Rovers, provide evidence a similar catastrophic event caused massive loss of life on planet Mars!

    Opportunity Rover landed on a flat plain known as Meridiani Planum on the upper surface of Mars .. this detail shows the ground is a matrix of skulls, some normal size measured against the cleat marks in the Rover's tracks, others are much smaller pertaining to creatures just six or seven inches high.

    That the flat surface resembles stewed soup, indicates the shallow sea that covered much of the planet actually boiled away, which must have been caused by an absolute drop in atmospheric pressure .. postulate the same - Solar - event caused the Permian catastrophe.

    As well as statues & skulls, the NASA Rover shots show boats, building foundations, stonework, vitrified stone walls and forts, and stone & steel weapons. Curiosity Rover landed in Gale Crater - see the red marker upper left in the image above - which is three miles deep and one hundred mi across.

    Thus the impact displaced some 7,500 cubic miles of volcanic ash to reveal an ancient surface that is in large part intact, the ash blanket that covers much of Mars' surface came from successive eruptions of volcanoes on the Tharsis Shield, which are said to have occurred between "3.7 billion and 500 million yrs ago." Wiki.

    The classical civilization that produced the statues and built the stone platforms predated the Tharsis eruptions, which enlarges the evolutionary time frame out of sight, as well it adds the dimension of space travel. Maybe Martians who survived the Tharsis eruptions built their numbers up, then were almost wiped out again when the atmosphere boiled away concurrent with the Permian event on Earth!

  2. Update..

    Earthly creatures that survived the Permian disaster include certain types of marine shellfish, sharks, Bryozoans at left above which are a group of small animals resembling corals, Crinoids relatives of starfishes, Ammonoids including the Chambered Nautilus above right, the Coelacanth lower right also survived.

    Horseshoe Crabs ..

    Looks like the Eurypterid or Sea Scorpion a species that dates back 460 million years got thru as well.

    Despite Mars' very shallow seas boiled away completely and its atmosphere vaporized, on Earth the actual period of lessened atmospheric pressure that caused the lakes and rivers and the top layers of sea water to boil off, was fairly short.

    Water pressure in the deep seas and in the deepest freshwater lakes and rivers prevented their boiling, while the atmosphere had regained enough pressure to halt the process before the wave of boiling gained the depths!

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    Disclaimer ..

    A Eurypterid model produced for the 2003 BBC television series Sea Monsters, by UK based special effects design company Crawley Creatures.

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