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Mass Extinction

PostThu Feb 16, 2017 4:05 pm

Rocky outcrops in Canada and Japan hold clues to why most of the world’s
ocean life died out 250 million years ago – and why it took ages to bounce
back. Anthea Batsakis reports. The end-Permian mass extinction, or “great
dying”, saw more than 90% of all life wiped out a quarter of a billion years
ago – the biggest mass extinction Earth has ever seen – and it took a slow
10 million more to recover.

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To obtain records of Earth conditions all those millions of years ago, the
team unearthed pyrite from rocky outcrops in Canada and Japan that were
once submerged in the Panthalassic Ocean – the enormous body of water
created at the start of the Permian Period when the landmasses dubbed
Gondwana and Euramerica collided and formed the supercontinent Pangea. ... extinction

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