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The 6 Craziest Extinctions Ever

The earth has been through some major changes!
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Further Reading–

Overviews:

Top 10 Mass Extinctions

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v471/n7336/full/nature09678.html

Ordovician:

Role of CO2 levels:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S003101821000115X

http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/37/10/951.abstract

http://www.skepticalscience.com/CO2-was-higher-in-late-Ordovician.htm

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18618-highcarbon-ice-age-mystery-solved.html#.VK1lhmTF98s

Devonian:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late_Devonian_extinction

http://www.devoniantimes.org/opportunity/massExtinction.html

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/dinosaurs-other-extinct-creatures/mass-extinctions/late-devonian-mass-extinction/index.html

Permian

Good overviews:

http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/prehistoric-world/permian-extinction/

http://www.businessinsider.com/volcanic-eruptions-caused-permian-extinction-2014-12

Size of lava fields:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberian_Traps

Effect of volcanoes;

http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jan/21/science/sci-extinct21

http://www.livescience.com/41909-new-clues-permian-mass-extinction.html

Recovery:

Earth Recovered 10 Million Years After Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction

Triassic

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/dinosaurs-other-extinct-creatures/mass-extinctions/end-triassic-mass-extinction/index.html

http://earth.columbia.edu/articles/view/3070

Mass Extinction Easier to Trigger Than Thought

Cretaceous:

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/dinosaurs-other-extinct-creatures/mass-extinctions/end-cretaceous-mass-extinction/index.html

http://www.space.com/19681-dinosaur-killing-asteroid-chicxulub-crater.html

6th mass extinction:

http://www.businessinsider.com/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-is-already-happening-2014-7

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/animal-extinction–the-greatest-threat-to-mankind-

397939.html

By the numbers:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6195/401

Extinction rates:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v471/n7336/full/nature09678.html

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cobi.12380/abstract