Welcome to the Permian Museum

Newly discovered fossils from a quarter billion years ago provide a new narrative on the origin of life and biodiversity on earth.

The Permian period (300 - 252 million years ago) experienced 4 extinction pulses and 4 recovery pulses. The last extinction pulse was the most severe known on earth and the re-speciation pulse that followed introduced a new cast of characters that spawned the age of the dinosaurs and winged flight. The Permian Museum website tells the story of how that happened, how we got to where we are today, and what the future holds for humans as orbital eccentricity and axial obliquity related global cooling returns.

IMPORTANT COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Copyright © 2012 - 2024 Mark J. Zamoyski. All rights reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced, scanned, stored, introduced into a retrieval system, or distributed in any printed or electronic form. New material is copyrighted as added. Any material released for public domain use is clearly marked as such and it is requested that the source be credited as Mark J. Zamoyski / PermianMuseum.com

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT ROYALTY FREE USE OF LIFE F0RM PHOTOGRAPHS: Mark J. Zamoyski hereby grants a royalty-free license to copy and use the Photographs on the permianmuseum.com website that are copyrighted by Mark J. Zamoyski, but only with the following disclosure: By Permission of Mark J. Zamoyski, from "On the Origin of Life and Biodiversity", PermianMuseum.com

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT ROYALTY FREE USE OF LIFE FORM ILLUSTRATIONS: Mark J. Zamoyski hereby grants a royalty-free license to copy and use those illustrations of Nicholas J. Lee that are on the permianmuseum.com website and that are copyrighted by Mark J. Zamoyski, but only with the following disclosure: By Permission of Mark J. Zamoyski, Illustration by Nicholas J. Lee, from "On the Origin of Life and Biodiversity", PermianMuseum.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mark J. Zamoyski received his BS in 1977 from Cornell University’s school of Ag. & Life Sciences and his MBA in 1978 from Cornell’s business school. During his career, Mark was awarded various patents, including patents in Oncology (US 7,507,704, 7,309,486 and 6,486,146), Neurology (US 8,197,858), and for Pulmonary Anti-Inflammatories and Antiproliferatives (US 7,102,091 and 7,015,244).

ABOUT THE WEBSITE The Permian Museum web site is dedicated to those with a thirst for science. We make no money from this website. We do not require any "registration" to use this website. We do not track you and target you with ads for having visited the website. So if you enjoy science, please enjoy the website. Just make sure you are coming directly to the website at www.permianmuseum.com or www.permianmuseum.org and not through some third party service or search engine that is tracking you. Important Note: The scientific observations, interpretations, and conclusions, based on the fossil evidence presented, are purely those of the author.

This website is always under construction and new material is posted on an ongoing basis.

Website Updates in 2024 -
The Explosion of Multicellular Life section expanded, January 16, 2024

Website Updates in 2023 -
Raptor DNA Today added April 30, 2023, Indeterminate 43: Brain Cavity added May 26, 2023, Nematodes added June 30,2023

Website Updates in 2022 - Arizona Shark added March 3, 2022, Aquatic, Wingless Pterosaur Forerunner added March 4, 2022 Bronto-Pistosaur (something between a brontosaurus and pistosaurus) added on March 20, 2022 Walking Bird added April 25, 2022 Indeterminate 41 "Dino Teddy" added, April 27, 2022 Updated copyright policy on copying and use of Life Form Photographs and Illustrations added on November 11, 2022 (above), Indeterminate 42 ("Red Crawler") added November 16, 2022, Upgraded USGS Arizona Surface Soil Map added November 27, 2022, Map of Arizona during the Cambrian Explosion of Life added December 1, 2022, Maps of Arizona during the Permian Explosion of Life added December 4, 2022

Acknowledgments and Special Thanks: Content from the book, “On the Origin of Life and Biodiversity” © 2014 Mark J. Zamoyski, which was originally available on Amazon, and an earlier full science manuscript titled “Quantum Speciation and the Origins of Life” © 2012 Mark J. Zamoyski is now being migrated to this website. Author would like to thank Dr. Justin John Zamoyski for his insights and review of the neurology, molecular biology, and fluid dynamics aspects of the original book, Dr. James T. Sprinkle for his great insight that provided the nexus to the Cambrian Explosion of Life, and Nicholas. J. Lee for his ability to bring unknown life forms to life by his spectacular illustrations.

July 7, 2023 - Permian Museum Adds Nematode Fossils
June 8, 2021 - Permian Museum Adds 20 More Speculative Evolution Fossils
September 21, 2020 - Permian Museum Adds Gallery of Unknown Life Forms
April 9, 2020 - Permian Museum Announces the Completion of its Spring Fossil Egg Hunt
January 13, 2020 - Dinosaur Forerunner Fossils Discovered
January 2, 2020 - Permian Graboid Fossil Discovered

The Permian Museum Presents:

On the Origin of Life and Biodiversity

by Mark J. Zamoyski

(Second Edition, Online Version, © 2014 - 2023)