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Mass Extinction Monday | END-ORDOVICIAN (440 Ma)

Severity: 2nd worst Cause: Some type of C cycle disturbance, not well constrained Climate: Abrupt ice age followed by rapid warming Aftermath: Cambrian organisms (e.g. trilobites) decimated During the End-Ordovician mass extinction, 25% of known marine families and 60% of marine genera were wiped out. Warm-water invertebrates were the hardest hit, as the event was… Continue reading Mass Extinction Monday | END-ORDOVICIAN (440 Ma)