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The Paleozoic was a period of nearly 300 million years, stretching from the Cambrian Explosion of life about 542 million years ago to the mass extinctions at the end of the Permian, about 251 million years ago. Early in the Paleozoic most of the existing phyla of life appeared. During the Paleozoic life moved from the seas out to the land. Much of the world’s supply of coal, oil, and limestone was formed during the Paleozoic.

Links about the Paleozoic:
  1. The National Atlas shows where you might find various sorts of Paleozoic rocks (for those living in North America)
  2. University of California Berkeley has a good site about the Paleozoic.
  3. Palaeos also has a very fine site about the Paleozoic, thanks to M. Alan Kazlev.
  4. If you want to know more about the Cambrian Explosion of life, learn about the Burgess Shale fossils at this site by Andrew MacRae of the University of Calgary.
  5. The International Commission on Stratigraphy has a good list of the ages making up the Paleozoic at this site.
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