Rapid Recovery Of Reef-Building Organisms After The End-Permian Mass Extinction
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I am interested in paleoecology and evolution of hard substrate communities, and taxonomy of Jurassic cyclostome bryozoans and microconchid tubeworms. My other projects also concern 1) reconstruction of past sedimentary environments as based on paleontological, geochemical and petrographic proxies, 2) taphonomy of some Paleozoic and Mesozoic deposits, 3) signs of predation in the fossil record and 4) paleobiology of problematic fossils. Formerly: Middle Jurassic ammonites.

                       

Rapid Recovery Of Reef-Building Organisms After The End-Permian Mass Extinction

In its whole history, the Earth has witnessed five big and several smaller mass extinctions. The greatest extinction, however, took place at the end of the Permian period, some 252 million years ago, marking the end of the Paleozoic Era. It has been estimated that during this extinction, 80% to even more than 90% of all marine species died out, including such iconic fossil groups like trilobites and all reef-building corals. What was the cause of such a cataclysmic biotic...

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