The Permian-Triassic Extinction Event
Hollywood brand misinformation has perpetuated the misconception that the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event (i.e. the one that wiped out the T-rex, Triceratops, etc.) was the most devastating cataclysm in prehistory. But compared to the Permian-Triassic extinction event, what happened in the Cretaceous was comparable to a cherry bomb going off in a toilet bowl. Also known as “the Great Dying,” the P-T extinction was, as most experts contend, the result of a series of events including a dangerous release of methane, volcanic activity, and changes in sea level. After roughly a million years, around 70% of terrestrial species and an alarming 90% of aquatic life perished. The small percentage that did survive were our nearest relatives (talk about crawling from the wreckage!).