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Educational resource The Great Dying: unpicking the Permo-Triassic extinction event

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The Great Dying: unpicking the Permo-Triassic extinction event

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Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)


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252 million years ago, over 90% of all species on Earth were wiped out. Led by Professor Paul Wignall at the University of Leeds in the UK, a transnational project involving British and Chinese research teams is investigating this colossal and ancient crime scene, attempting to understand the relationships between species extinctions and environmental changes. Their conclusions could affect how we approach today’s climate and biodiversity crisis.

This brochure introduces the work of Paul’s, offers an insight into careers in geology, contains interviews with team members and includes an activity sheet that challenges students to investigate which species lived and died at the Permo-Triassic mass extinction.