We all know that the earth was born 4.6 billion years ago. The early earth was also a world of purgatory, and the environment was worse than that of Venus. However, with the passage of time, in addition to various coincidences, the environment of the earth gradually improved, and it became a beautiful ecological planet 4 billion years ago.
After the formation of a perfect ecosystem, the earth has all the conditions needed for the birth of life. So 3.8 billion years ago, the first life was born from the primitive oceans of the earth. The fire of life can start a prairie fire. With the birth of the first life, the earth has also become a planet of life. In the long years that followed, life has undergone continuous evolution and evolution, increasing in number and variety. , And it is getting more and more advanced, and finally human beings with intelligent life were born millions of years ago.
After mankind entered the age of science and technology, he began to explore and study the life history of the earth. Many people may say that we do not have the light of time and cannot go back to the earth in ancient times. How do we know what happened in the life world of the earth? What creatures have ever existed?
Yes, we cannot travel through time and space to return to the past. If we want to study and explore the history of life on the earth, we can rely on only two magic weapons, one is geological survey and research, and the other is biological fossils. Although we can’t see the past years with our own eyes, the traces of the years will be preserved in the rocks.
Through geological surveys, we can find some traces of the earth’s history in different geological layers, and paleontological fossils are an important tool for us to study and explore the history of life on the earth. Paleontological fossils refer to the biological remains and active relics formed during the prehistoric geological history of mankind and existed in the stratum, including fossils of plants, invertebrates, vertebrates and other fossils and their relics. Paleontological fossils are witnesses to the history of the earth and are the scientific basis for studying the origin and evolution of organisms.
We all know that the geology of the earth has not remained stable for billions of years. On average, a major geological activity will occur every tens of millions of years. Every major geological activity will lead to the extinction of a large number of organisms, and some of these organisms will become fossils due to geological activities and be sealed in rocks.
The earth is a natural history museum. As long as the fossilized rock stays underground, it can be preserved for tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of years. Every time the geological plate changes, many animal fossils are buried in the deep sea or under the surface of the deep layer.
Scientists can uncover part of the mystery of the earth’s history by searching and discovering these paleontological fossils. For example, scientists have discovered a large number of dinosaur fossils around the world, unveiling the glorious age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. We also know that before humans were born, dinosaurs, creatures that have dominated the earth for 160 million years, appeared on the earth.
Through trilobite fossils, scientists have learned that the most representative ancient creature in the Cambrian Era between 500 and 600 million years ago is the trilobite. It is an arthropod. Through it, we also understand that that period was the era when insects dominated the earth, and we preliminarily speculated that the earliest organisms that evolved from the ocean to land may be insect arthropods.
By exploring paleontological fossils, scientists not only need to understand which creatures have appeared in the life history of the earth, but more importantly, they must find the ancient ancestors of millions of modern creatures. After Darwin put forward the theory of evolution, let us understand that life is constantly advancing through evolution, and there must be an ancient ancestor in modern life.
Understanding the evolutionary relationship between ancient creatures and modern creatures is more conducive to our understanding of the evolution and evolution of life, and it is an important help for us to explore the mysteries of life. Scientists have discovered a large number of paleontological fossils all over the world, most of them we can explore the evolutionary relationship between their origins and modern organisms.
However, there is a paleontological fossil that has troubled scientists for more than 60 years, and it has not been solved until now. What is going on? More than 60 years ago, a collector accidentally got a strange animal fossil. Because the collector’s name is Tali, this fossil is also called “Monster Tali”.
Through this paleontological fossil, we can see the sealed paleontological specimen. It looks like a fish, and its appearance is very ugly. This is a fish that we have never seen before. It looks like a combination of snakes and squids. The upper body is slender and the lower body is very fat. If it is a land creature, there are naturally many creatures with this kind of body structure, but scientists with such a body shape as marine creatures have really never seen it.
What kind of creature is it? How many years have passed since then? Due to the inability to find a sample that matches it, scientists can only speculate on the monster Tali. It is generally believed that it was born in the Carboniferous period and is at least 300 million years old.
The Carboniferous is an important orogenic period in the history of crustal development and a period of very active crustal movement. This period is the representative era of the great prosperity of the plant world, and the era of terrestrial biological space development. At that time, the climate was warm and humid, swamps were everywhere, and large-scale forests appeared on the mainland.
Flies are the most important group of marine invertebrates in the Carboniferous, and this era is also called the era of giant insects by scientists. There are huge individual insects everywhere, such as giant spiders, giant centipedes, giant dragonflies and so on. In the context of this special period, some scientists believe that the Tully monster may be the ancestor of the snail, but it does not have a shell.
There is also a view that the Tali monster may be a relatively special bug, after all, the Carboniferous can be called the era of bugs. As for what its true body is, scientists have no way to give a definite answer. At present, we have only found this strange fossil on the earth, and no more paleontological fossils similar to it have been discovered.
To understand the true identity of the Tali monster, we also need to find more paleontological fossils similar to it. At present, it has been entered into the museum’s electronic database, and we look forward to revealing its true identity in the future. For paleontological creatures such as the Tali monster that cannot find their true identity, it is relatively rare for scientists to explore paleontological fossils.
Therefore, there are some people who boldly speculate whether the Tully monster is an alien creature? That is, alien creatures from outside the earth, forgotten on the earth? Of course, this speculation did not get the support of more people. More people still think that it is an ancient creature of the earth, but it may be very rare in number, and there are fewer standard fossils left.
It can be seen from this that although there have been at least tens of millions of ancient creatures in the billions of years of life on the earth, we can be named, but few can understand them. We don’t know most of the ancient creatures, even the ancestors of millions of modern creatures can find their source very few.