Fossil plant relative abundances indicate sudden loss of Late Triassic biodiversity in East Greenland.

@article{McElwain2009FossilPR,
  title={Fossil plant relative abundances indicate sudden loss of Late Triassic biodiversity in East Greenland.},
  author={Jennifer C McElwain and Peter J Wagner and Stephen P. Hesselbo},
  journal={Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={324 5934},
  pages={1554-6}
}
The pace of Late Triassic (LT) biodiversity loss is uncertain, yet it could help to decipher causal mechanisms of mass extinction. We investigated relative abundance distributions (RADs) of six LT plant assemblages from the Kap Stewart Group, East Greenland, to determine the pace of collapse of LT primary productivity. RADs displayed not simply decreases in the number of taxa, but decreases in the number of common taxa. Likelihood tests rejected a hypothesis of continuously declining diversity… CONTINUE READING

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