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Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsNew evidence suggests volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever Mercury found in ancient rock around the world supports theory that eruptions caused 'Great Dying' 252 million years ago. University of Cincinnati, Science Daily, April 15, 2019 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190415122249.htm The open access paper is: Jun Shen, Jiubin Chen, Thomas J. Algeo, Shengliu Yuan, Qinglai Feng, Jianxin Yu, Lian Zhou, Brennan O’Connell, Noah J. Planavsky. Evidence for a prolonged Permian–Triassic extinction interval from global marine mercury records. Nature Communications, 2019; 10 (1) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-09620-0 Yours, Paul H.