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Finding By Syracuse University And University Of Michigan Researchers Reveals Secret To Mass Extinction Events

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October 20, 2000
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Some 34 million years ago, almost 90 percent of the tiny, shell-bearing sea creatures living along the U.S. Gulf Coast were wiped out and replaced by completely new species of shellfish or mollusks. The same pattern was occurring worldwide, marking the largest global mass extinction since the dinosaurs disappeared. Until now, the cause behind the mass extinction event was a mystery.

Some 34 million years ago, almost 90 percent of the tiny, shell-bearing sea creatures living along the U.S. Gulf Coast were wiped out and replaced by completely new species of shellfish or mollusks. The same pattern was occurring worldwide, marking the largest global mass extinction since the dinosaurs disappeared. Until now, the cause behind the mass extinction event was a mystery.


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Syracuse University. "Finding By Syracuse University And University Of Michigan Researchers Reveals Secret To Mass Extinction Events." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001020092951.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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