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The real reason behind the Permian-Triassic extinction is finally out. Read to find out about it.

Mass extinction is a type of biotic crisis, and earth has witnessed some of them over the passing years. Mass extinction relates to the end of a species or many species changing the course of evolution. Also, death refers to massive incidents which can create biological or environmental changes leading to a sequence of events occurring. These changes might reverse the entire cycle or might wreck it, and thus evolution scatters away.

Permian extinction: Reason for Permian-Triassic extinction

The demise witnessed approximately 95% of marine species death along with about 70% of all land organisms became extinct. It is also referred to as the mass extinction of insects and is the only yet declared for insects. Recovery from the drastic event took around 30 million years. Many species, including Trilobites, went extinct in the period, but Nautiloids survived the intense affair. The traced hypothesis for the extinction was the magma which poured on earth in the form of flood basalt. It is also known as Siberian Traps. However, this is only one of the hypothesis, whereas other indicates some other reasons for the massive extinction. Some say the reason was ocean venting of hydrogen sulfide whereas some talk about intense radiations from the supernova.

Nature Geoscience: Reason for Permian-Triassic extinction

Siberia is a location where the dangerous volcanic activities take place which releases massive methane amounts from the seafloor. The condition might lead to the situation that occurred during Permian-Triassic extinction and might resemble it. German, Italian and Canadian scientists, of the EU-funded project BASE-LINE Earth published a study named Nature Geoscience. Prof. Dr Anton Eisenhauer is the head of the team. The research revolves around the fossil brachiopods which look as clam-like organisms. They lived for like more than that 500 million years. Deposition of all the shells at the bottom of seas of the Tethys Ocean around 252 million years ago took place. Dr Hana Jurikova explains the recording of the environmental conditions at the beginning of extinction in the study.

The study: Reason behind the Permian-Triassic extinction

The developed technologies help to detect the PH value, and researchers used GEOMER to trace back the isotopes of boron. Boron is available from the fossils that are around 252 million years ago in the location. The deadly event caused an increase in CO2 amount, and thus ocean acidification also took place. The team then went through the traces, so they found the CO2 level above the limit and accordingly it acted as a poison. Among so many rumours and stories, it came out that the real reason was eruption by the volcano. The book describes in detail the deadly event and its rationale.

It led to the mass extinction and is the real reason behind it according to the study. There was the incorporation of the data from boron and carbon isotope-based investigations along with the geochemical model to simulate the earth’s processes. The increasing amounts of nutrients via rivers to oceans resulted in over-fertilization. It resulted in depletion of oxygen at the boundary of Permian-Triassic extinction.

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