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Fossil plant relative abundances indicate sudden loss of Late Triassic biodiversity in East Greenland.

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The pace of Late Triassic (LT) biodiversity loss is uncertain, yet it could help to decipher causal mechanisms of mass extinction. We investigated relative abundance distributions (RADs) of six LT plant assemblages from the Kap Stewart Group, East Greenland, to determine the pace of collapse of LT primary productivity. RADs displayed not simply decreases in the number of taxa, but decreases in the number of common taxa. Likelihood tests rejected a hypothesis of continuously declining diversit...

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10.1126/science.1171706

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Earth Sciences
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Author
Journal:
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Volume:
324
Issue:
5934
Pages:
1554-1556
Publication date:
2009-06-05
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EISSN:
1095-9203
ISSN:
0036-8075
URN:
uuid:b542633c-d48a-41db-8b69-96f58078026f
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82225
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pubs:82225

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