- "A time when giant creepy crawlies ruled the world. Here, nothing is as it seems."
The Carboniferous time period was the fifth time period of the Palaeozoic. It lasted from 350 to 280 million years ago. Formed from prehistoric vegetation, the majority of these deposits are found in parts of Europe, North America, and Asia that were lush, tropically located regions during the Carboniferous.
During this time, a majority of the planet was covered in vast swamp forests. Here, nothing at all was as it seemed. The 50-meter giants towering above the water world may have appeared like trees, but they were actually distant relatives of ferns. Even the air is alien. Over a third is oxygen, much higher than at any other time in history. This oxygen-rich atmosphere had fueled the growth of new, super-sized arthropod predators.
Not only the arthropods had flourished in the swamps, but the Carboniferous is among the Earth's greenest times. It was the very abundance of plants that pumped up the air's oxygen to extremes, fueling the arthropods growth spurts. The swamps damped conditions were perfect for plant growth, but the water levels were unpredictable. Additionally, the super-oxygenated atmosphere, which helped fuel the growth of the insects and arthropods, was also highly volatile. A lightning strike could trigger an explosion and therefore, large fires occurred.
The list of wildlife during the Carboniferous: