Selective extinction among end-Triassic European bivalves

C. A. McRoberts, C. R. Newton

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Bivalve data from Lombardia (Italy), Northern Calcareous Alps (Austria and Germany), and northwest Europe (England and Wales) provide the biologic signal of selective extinction to compare two competing extinction hypotheses: (1) sea-level change and associated anoxia and (2) reduced primary productivity. The end-Triassic extinction was independent of body size and geographic distribution. Species from the three regions show a significantly greater proportion of infaunal bivalve extinction. The greater survival of epifaunal bivalves is correlated to their more efficient feeding. The pattern is consistent with a reduction of primary productivity. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-104
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995

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  • Geology


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