Permian Mass Extinction Took 60,000 Years
From LiveScience -- It took only 60,000 years to kill more than 90 percent of all life on Earth, according to the most precise study yet of the Permian mass extinction, the greatest die-off in the past 540 million years. The new timeline doesn't reveal the culprit behind the die-off, though scientists have several suspects, such as volcanic eruptions in Siberia that belched massive quantities of climate-changing gases. But pinning down the duration of the Permian mass extinction will help researchers refine its potential trigger mechanisms, said Seth Burgess, lead study author and a geochemist at MIT. Click here to read the full article.
Additional sources for information on the Permian mass extinction include:
- National Geographic -- The Permian Extinction—When Life Nearly Came to an End
- Natural History Museum -- End-Permian Mass Extinction (the Great Dying)
- PBS Evolution Series -- Permian-Triassic Extinction