Extinction in the Permian – #365papers – 2017 – 146

#365papers for May 26, 2017

Lucas, 2017, Permian tetrapod extinction events: Earth-Science Reviews, v. 170, p. 31-60.

What’s it about?

The Permian ended with the largest marine extinction ever to strike the Earth, with 95% of species going extinct. This paper discusses life on land, specifically tetrapods (amphibians and reptiles at that time) and how they went extinct.

Why does it matter?

As it happens, tetrapod extinctions do not directly coincide with marine extinctions. It’s important to know this in order to better understand what causes large-scale extinction events.

Why did I read this?

I teach about extinction in my classes. This keeps me a little more up-to-date.

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