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How a single-celled organism almost wiped out life on Earth – Anusuya Willis

Discover how a single-celled organism caused the first mass extinction in Earth’s history and paved the way for complex life.

There’s an organism that changed the world. It caused the first mass extinction in Earth’s history … and also paved the way for complex life. How? Anusuya Willis explains how cyanobacteria, simple organisms that don’t even have nuclei or any other organelles, wrote a pivotal chapter in the story of life on Earth.

Lesson by Anusuya Willis, animation by Augenblick Studios.

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