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What We Can Learn from the Biggest Extinction in the History of Earth
August 8, 2007
Approximately 250 million years ago, vast numbers of species disappeared from Earth. This mass-extinction event may hold clues to current global carbon cycle changes, according to Jonathan Payne, assistant professor of geological and environmental sciences at Stanford University.
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