Siberian Traps likely triggered end-Permian mass extinction

Around 252 millions years ago life on Earth collapsed in a unprecedented fashion as more than 96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land species disappeared. The cause of this severe extinction has been a mystery, until now. (Learn more:

MIT researchers have now determined the Siberian Traps erupted at the right time and for the right duration to have been a likely trigger for the end-Permian extinction. 

Video produced and edited by Melanie Gonick/MIT
Additional footage and stills: Henrik Svensen, Scott Simper and Seth Burgess
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