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The Paraná basin in Brazil provides evidence that one of the world’s largest super-eruptions did not cause a mass extinction. (Shutterstock)

Huge volcanic eruption didn’t cause climate change and mass extinction 140 million years ago

Huge volcanic eruptions were once believed to be the cause of mass extinctions on Earth. However, new research has found that super eruptions did not necessarily result in mass extinctions.
Microbial mats in Shark Bay, Western Australia, similar to those that lived around 200 million years ago. Yalimay Jimenez Duarte WA-OIGC, Curtin University

How chemical clues from prehistoric microbes rewrote the story of one of Earth’s biggest mass extinctions

The end-Triassic mass extinction was a cataclysm for the world's prehistoric species, killed off by volcanoes that altered Earth's seas and skies. But new research shows it didn't happen when we thought.
Loskop, one of the two hills at the Permo-Triassic boundary site in the Karoo Basin in South Africa’s Free State province. Jennifer Botha

New analysis sheds important light on an ancient mass extinction event

The analysis suggests that there was a mass extinction event at the time of the end-Permian, on land - and that it happened at the same time as the marine end-Permian extinction.
Dinosaurs had some bad luck, but sooner or later extinction comes for all of us. rawpixel/Unsplash.com

What makes some species more likely to go extinct?

Death is inevitable for individuals and also for species. With help from the fossil record, paleontologists are piecing together what might make one creature more vulnerable than another.
Crowdfunded campaigns to save the orange-bellied parrot are a rare ray of hope. Fatih Sam

Crowdfunded campaigns are conserving the Earth’s environment

When environmental needs outstrip government funds, people power steps up.
The extinction of dinosaurs is one of the many periods of mass extinctions on earth. www.shutterstrock.com/Jaroslav Moravcik

5 periods of mass extinction on Earth. Are we entering the sixth?

Scientists believe since 2010 we have entered the sixth period of mass extinction. CO2 emissions will change the lives of plants and animals in the next three to four decades.

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