Figure 7.7   The end-Permian mass extinction in China. (a) The pattern of extinction of 333 species of marine animals through 90 m of sediments spanning the PT boundary in the Meishan section, showing radiometric ages and carbon isotopes. Three extinction levels, A, B and C are identifi ed. Vertical lines are recorded stratigraphic ranges of marine species in the sections. (b, c) Block diagrams showing typical species in China at the very end of the Permian (b), and immediately after the crisis (c). (a, based on Jin et al. 2000; b, c, drafted by John Sibbick.)

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