The End-Permian mass extinction: What really happened and did it matter?

@article{Erwin1989TheEM,
  title={The End-Permian mass extinction: What really happened and did it matter?},
  author={Douglas H. Erwin},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={1989},
  volume={4 8},
  pages={225-9}
}
Marine communities of the Paleozoic differ markedly from those of the post-Paleozoic, a dichotomy long recognized as the most fundamental change between the Cambrian metazoan radiation and the present. The end-Permian mass extinction of about 54% of marine families eliminated many of the groups that dominated Paleozoic communities. Correlative changes occurred in terrestrial vertebrate and plant communities, but there is no clear evidence that these changes are related to the marine extinction… CONTINUE READING

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