Life Moves to Land

635–425 million years ago (EdiacaranEarly Silurian)

Why did plants move from the water to land?

Why didn't plants invade the land earlier?

What did these early land plants look like?

Above: Modern day liverwort, which looks similar to early plants that invaded the land

What animals were present, land or water?

What other organisms were present?

Above: Fossil trilobites

Above: Reconstruction of tall nematophytes, called Prototaxites, during the Silurian Period

What was the Earth like during this period?

How "complex" did these plants get?

What was the Earth like before this time?