The Silurian Period

Things you should know about the Silurian Period!

Geologic Events

Coral reefs developed and early continents collided to form what is now North America. Mountains were also being produced on North America.

What was/is the climate like?

In the beginning, it was very cold, with high sheets of ice. However, by the middle of the period, it got much warmer.

What are some organisms/plants?

Millipedes, scorpions, widespread coral reefs, and arachnids were all examples of living organisms. The top predator of the oceans was a sea scorpion, or an eurypterid scorpion that grew up to nine feet and shuffled along the bottom of the sea. The cooksonia was the first vascular plant on land. It had stems, but no leaves. Some cooksonia had special tissue for carrying water to different branches to the plant. This is normal now, but it was a first back then.

What was/is the environment like?

In the beginning, there were several glaciers. Then that area became warm and the glaciers melted away. The environment had lots of water and only insects, with arachnids, fish, ect. living there. Also, larger continents had been forming and mountains were growing.
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What is there to see?

The vast oceans, beautiful mountains, and interesting insects.


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What should you bring?

Rope, harnesses, flashlights, diving gear, water purifiers, plenty of food (or you can just eat fish and insects from the nature while you’re there), camping gear, a boat, and their sense of fun. Also, it's not very cold in the silurian period, so you should wear clothes that won't make you too hot.

What dangers could you face?

Jawed fish and spiders might pose a threat to the travelers. Drowning in the ocean could also be a possibility, along with high mountain terrain. Not to mention the sea scorpion, a vicious 9 foot long scorpion that nests on the bottom of the sea, but may come up onto land sometimes.