Newly discovered mass extinction event triggered the dawn of the dinosaurs

Our new research has discovered how a series of volcanic eruptions 233 million years ago fundamentally changed life on Earth.

Michael J. Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Bristol • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: geology dinosaurs paleontology tetrapods volcanoes mass-extinctions cretaceous-period

How bison, moose and caribou stepped in to do the cleaning work of extinct mammoths

The historical record is full of surprises – and it could encourage conservationists to think more creatively.

Maarten van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol, Lecturer in Physical Geography, Newcastle University • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mammals alaska bison megafauna woolly-mammoth megafaunal-extinction rewilding hippopotamus mass-extinctions de-extinction herbivores pleistocene biodiversity-loss quaternary-extinction-event

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