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5 ). The larger body size of the Vendian Metazoa may reflect an adaptation of prey animals to in creasing predation pressure. The first half of the Vendian was characterized by rapid speciation under the conditions of the vast postglacial trans gression of the sea. The fauna rapidly reached its characteristic diversity, and rates of phyletic evo lution decreased. This is reflected in the large sizes of populations and the absence of provincialism in many groups. The middle of the Vendian saw a mass extinction of many groups (Section 2 .
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