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Climate swings in extinction

Extreme temperature swings and deteriorating environments are perhaps what killed most life in the end-Permian extinction, suggest climate model simulations. Siberian Traps volcanism probably triggered the events.

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Cui, Y. Climate swings in extinction. Nature Geosci 11, 889–890 (2018).

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