Climate Change Not Responsible for Mass Extinction

Climate Change Not Responsible for Mass Extinction
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New research has come up with surprising information regarding the mass extinction that occurred 215 million years ago.

It is a long-held belief that some strong change – a string of violent volcanic eruptions, climate change or an asteroid or comet – wiped out about 90 percent of the Earth’s species in the Triassic period but a recent study shows the reality is, in fact, a bit different.

Researchers from the University of Rhode Island (URI) conducted a complex quantitative analysis of the mass extinction and found that the disappearance of many species did not occur “suddenly or simultaneously”. This has now led to the negation of the earlier theories that the mass extinction was somehow related to one single catastrophic event.  

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