Flashcards in 6.3 More About Extinction Deck (6)
How could climate change affect the survival of an organism?
The organisms are well adapted for their climate, if the climate changes the organism couldn't survive because there might be insufficient conditions for breeding or eating etc due to the fact it might be too cold/hot/wet/dry for a species and it reduces its food supply
What is the biggest influence on species surviving?
Changes in the environment, especially climate change
What does fossil evidence show about extinction?
There has been mass extinction on a global scale and many of the species died out over a period of several million years, which is very short in geological terms
Name the 2 main reasons for mass global extinction
•the habitat the species lived in may be destroyed by catastrophic events
•the environment changed dramatically following a collision between a giant asteroid and earth
Suggest 2 reasons why dinosaurs became extinct
•the collision of a giant asteroid caused huge fires, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. The dust which rose masked the sun causing darkness and lower temps, plants could not grow
•the extinction was slower process due to sea ice melting and cooling the sea temp by about 9*c, therefore there was less plankton which meant less food available