Paper Boys

Episode 17

Did climate change cause the Great Dying?

The foreboding science behind history's worst mass extinction event.

The worst mass extinction in known history happened 250 million years ago, wiping out an astonishing 96% of all marine life. Scientists have offered many theories on how this could have happened, from meteors to volcanoes–but a research team may have finally cracked the code, and it doesn’t bode well for our own future. Charlie brings in a paper that takes a grim dive into the world’s most lethal time period.

Grad Student Highlight: Justin Penn, the author of today’s paper, shares his research on chemical oceanography!

Check out the “Great Dying” paper here and the Independent article here.

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