Chinese volcano 260 million years ago led to mass extinction

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A mass extinction some 260 million years ago may have been caused by volcanic eruptions in what is now China, new research suggests.

The so-called Guadalupian Mass Extinction, devastating marine life around the world, was preceded by massive eruptions in the Emeishan geological province of Southwest China, researchers led by Paul Wignall of Britain's University of Leeds report in Friday's edition of the journal Science.

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Randll Reese Besch - 6/3/2009

This may have been the 1st punch of the 1-2 punch of a mass extinction that eventually ended the Permian and made way for the Age of Dinosaurs.