College of Science & Engineering

The Great Dying: What happened 250 million years ago?

The Permian-Triassic mass extinction, some 252 million years ago, is the most devastating extinction event known, killing 90% of known species on land and sea.  We now believe that widespread anoxia in the oceans, as well as ocean acidification, were possible kill mechanisms. These were triggered by extensive volcanism on the Siberian Platform.

 

 

Rachel Wood Academics Unplugged Flyer
Nov 09 2017 -

The Great Dying: What happened 250 million years ago?

As part of the Academics Unplugged series of talks, Professor Rachel Wood of GeoSciences tells the tale as to how geochemical techniques can reveal the dynamic story of extinction and recovery that ushered in the modern world.

Lecture Theatre B, JCMB, King's Buildings, Edinburgh