Dinosaurs erupted on to the scene with the help of volcanoes


Dinosaurs erupted on to the scene with the help of volcanoes

Many groups of plants and animals we see today also appeared after this extinction event

Helena Horton

The T-Rex and other Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs thrived because volcanic eruptions that wiped out other species warmed up the Earth, allowing them take over, a study has found.

Scientists from the University of Bristol have discovered a new major extinction event that occurred because of massive volcanic eruptions in the Wrangellia area of western Canada, where huge volumes of volcanic basalt were poured out, forming much of the west coast of North America.

In a research paper, published in Science Advances, the scientists lay out the evidence for a major extinction of life 233 million years ago that triggered the dinosaurs take over. The crisis has been called the Carnian Pluvial Episode...

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