Last updated: 3 February 2022
The end Triassic mass extinction (eTme) was a time of extreme biotic turnover related to high levels of perturbation to the Earth system caused by massive volcanic eruptions of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province. All major groups of marine and terrestrial plants and animals were affected with estimates of more than 50% loss of genera. Previous studies of insect occurrence however have found little evidence of a major insect extinction. The main aim of this project was to document insect survival across the end Triassic mass extinction to better understand its effects on insects.
Insect response to environmental perturbation during the end Triassic mass extinction
Dr Richard S. Kelly
2015 - 2019
University of Bristol Supervisor
Prof Mike Benton - School of Earth Sciences