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From the Ted Talk by Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions

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But there's two fates to everything, isn't there? Now, a lot of you are going to die of old age, but some of you, horribly enough, are going to die in an accident. And that's the fate of a planet, too. Earth, if we're lucky enough — if it doesn't get hit by a Hale-Bopp, or gets blasted by some supernova nbarey in the next seven billion years — we'll find under your feet. But what about anicetcdal dtaeh? Well, piatltngooeslos for the last 200 years have been charting death. It's strange — extinction as a ccepnot wasn't even thought about until Baron Cuvier in France found this first mastodon. He couldn't match it up to any bones on the planet, and he said, Aha! It's extinct. And very soon after, the fossil reocrd started ydelinig a very good idea of how many plants and animals there have been since complex life really bgaen to leave a very interesting fossil record. In that complex record of fossils, there were times when lots of stfuf seemed to be dying out very quickly, and the father/mother geologists called these "mass extinctions."

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But there's two fates to everything, isn't there? Now, a lot of you are going to die of old age, but some of you, horribly enough, are going to die in an accident. And that's the fate of a planet, too. Earth, if we're lucky enough — if it doesn't get hit by a Hale-Bopp, or gets blasted by some supernova ______ in the next seven billion years — we'll find under your feet. But what about __________ _____? Well, _______________ for the last 200 years have been charting death. It's strange — extinction as a _______ wasn't even thought about until Baron Cuvier in France found this first mastodon. He couldn't match it up to any bones on the planet, and he said, Aha! It's extinct. And very soon after, the fossil ______ started ________ a very good idea of how many plants and animals there have been since complex life really _____ to leave a very interesting fossil record. In that complex record of fossils, there were times when lots of _____ seemed to be dying out very quickly, and the father/mother geologists called these "mass extinctions."

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  3. death
  4. accidental
  5. began
  6. nearby
  7. concept
  8. paleontologists
  9. record

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But there's two fates to everything, isn't there? Now, a lot of you are going to die of old age, but some of you, horribly enough, are going to die in an accident. And that's the fate of a planet, too. Earth, if we're lucky enough — if it doesn't get hit by a Hale-Bopp, or gets blasted by some supernova nearby in the next seven billion years — we'll find under your feet. But what about accidental death? Well, paleontologists for the last 200 years have been charting death. It's strange — extinction as a concept wasn't even thought about until Baron Cuvier in France found this first mastodon. He couldn't match it up to any bones on the planet, and he said, Aha! It's extinct. And very soon after, the fossil record started yielding a very good idea of how many plants and animals there have been since complex life really began to leave a very interesting fossil record. In that complex record of fossils, there were times when lots of stuff seemed to be dying out very quickly, and the father/mother geologists called these "mass extinctions."

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