Thursday, February 11, 2016

End of all Things #1: a Mass Extinction Aggregation Post

Ediacaran/Cambrian Extinction:

Were the Ediacaran's wiped out, in part and the Cambrian Explosion initiated by greatly increased UV radiation?

Permian Triassic Mass Extinction:

The Permian Triassic boundary has been geochronologically located in the Spanish Pyrenees and produced an interesting and diverse fauna from the early Triassic.

The early Triassic locales of the Persian Gulf show evidence of repeated and sustained conditions like during the mass extinction itself.

Cretaceous-Paleogene (KT) Mass Extinction:

Another extraordinary claim that the KT/K-Pg mass extinction was caused by dark matter has been made.

Sixth Mass Extinction:

The carbon dates in North America appear to match well with the Human Overkill Hypothesis for the reason why the megafauna (mammoths, sloths, dire wolves, etc) went extinct.

What were the implications of the loss of large Pleistocene carnivores on the ecosystem?

Or for that matter for the impact of the loss of ALL the missing megafauna on the ecosystem?  Or more specifically on the forests?  Was the impact uniform or variable on the ecosystems of North and South America?

What were the changes on the nutrient cycle with the extinctions taking place?

Or!  Gasp!  The lack of mammoths farts on the atmosphere?

Or in the sea coast, what about the impacts of the extinction of the stellar's sea cow?

The data strongly supports the extinction of Australia's giant bird, Genyornis, as being caused by humans.

In fact, multiple sources of data suggest humanity was the cause of the extinctions in the Sahul (greater Australia).


The proposed planet 9, proposed by Caltech astronomers, is unlikely to have anything to do with the mass extinctions on Earth.  Even so, if it pans out, for historical reasons, I hope they name the new planet 'Nemesis.'

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