[Marxism] No Apocalypse – Protean Magazine

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Dec 12 09:06:25 MST 2018

Between 360 and 300 million years ago, during a period known as the 
Carboniferous, the world was a wild and unrecognizable landscape, 
peppered with species existing at colossal scales. Because increased 
oxygen content in the atmosphere allowed their primitive respiratory 
systems to work more efficiently, monsters such as 8-foot centipedes, 
2-foot dragonflies, and sea scorpions known as eurypterids over 9 feet 
long thrived in this period. These creatures came and went, as species 
do. But there was one biological innovation in this period that not only 
came to define the ecosystem of the era, but also permanently altered 
the physical makeup of the planet in ways which have had direct 
consequences for human development.


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