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10-23-2017, 07:29 PM
Marine Ecosystems Can Survive The Worst Mass Extinction Events, Study Shows (LINK) (https://www.sciencealert.com/marine-ecosystems-cling-on-to-life-through-some-of-the-worst-mass-extinction-events)


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Researchers have studied fossil records from the Late Triassic mass extinction, which happened around 201.3 million years ago, and found that marine life did not fundamentally change, even though the vast proportion of species were killed off.

The international team of researchers says that while marine species were still badly affected by the event, enough life survived underwater to keep the ecosystems functioning. The findings could help us understand more about how the changing climate of today could affect the planet.

"While the Late Triassic mass extinction had a big impact on the overall number of marine species, there was still enough diversity among the remaining species that the marine ecosystem was able to function in the same way it had before," says lead researcher Alex Dunhill from the University of Leeds in the UK.

10-23-2017, 09:02 PM
Not all of the maritime ecosystem will do well.