Mass Extinctions in the Marine Fossil Record

@article{Raup1982MassEI,
  title={Mass Extinctions in the Marine Fossil Record},
  author={D. M. Raup and J. J. Sepkoski},
  journal={Science},
  year={1982},
  volume={215},
  pages={1501 - 1503}
}
  • D. M. Raup, J. J. Sepkoski
  • Published 1982
  • Medicine, Geography
  • Science
  • A new compilation of fossil data on invertebrate and vertebrate families indicates that four mass extinctions in the marine realm are statistically distinct from background extinction levels. These four occurred late in the Ordovician, Permian, Triassic, and Cretaceous periods. A fifth extinction event in the Devonian stands out from the background but is not statistically significant in these data. Background extinction rates appear to have declined since Cambrian time, which is consistent… CONTINUE READING

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