Ancient Mass Extinction Was a Slow Process
The deadliest mass extinction of all took a long time to kill 90 percent of Earth’s marine life—and it killed in stages—according to a newly published report. It shows that mass extinctions need not be sudden events. Thomas Algeo, a geologist at the Univ. of Cincinnati, and 13 colleagues have produced a high-resolution look at the geology of a Permian-Triassic boundary section on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic. Their analysis, published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin, provides strong evidence that Earth’s biggest mass extinction phased in over hundreds of thousands of years.
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