Trajectories of Late Permian – Jurassic radiolarian extinction rates: no evidence for an end-Triassic mass extinction

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Kießling W, Danelian T
Journal: Fossil Record
Publisher: Geological Society of America
Publication year: 2011
Volume: 14
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 95-101
ISSN: 1053-3389


Abstract


The hypothesis that ocean acidification was a proximate trigger of the marine end-Triassic mass extinction rests on the assumption that taxa that strongly invest in the secretion of calcium-carbonate skeletons were significantly more affected by the crisis than other taxa. An argument against this hypothesis is the great extinction toll of radiolarians that has been reported from work on local sections. Radiolarians have siliceous tests and thus should be less affected by ocean acidification. We compiled taxonomically vetted occurrences of late Permian and Mesozoic radiolarians and analyzed extinction dynamics of radiolarian genera. Although extinction rates were high at the end of the Triassic, there is no evidence for a mass extinction in radiolarians but rather significantly higher background extinction in the Triassic than in the Jurassic. Although the causes for this decline in background extinction levels remain unclear, the lack of a major evolutionary response to the end-Triassic event, gives support for the hypothesis that ocean acidification was involved in the dramatic extinctions of many calcifying taxa. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Kießling, Wolfgang Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt


External institutions with authors

LILLE 1 University - Science and Technology


How to cite

APA:
Kießling, W., & Danelian, T. (2011). Trajectories of Late Permian – Jurassic radiolarian extinction rates: no evidence for an end-Triassic mass extinction. Fossil Record, 14(1), 95-101. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mmng.201000017

MLA:
Kießling, Wolfgang, and Taniel Danelian. "Trajectories of Late Permian – Jurassic radiolarian extinction rates: no evidence for an end-Triassic mass extinction." Fossil Record 14.1 (2011): 95-101.

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