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Introduction

  • Wei-Hong HeEmail author
  • G. R. Shi
  • Shu-Zhong Shen
Chapter
Part of the New Records of the Great Dying in South China book series (NRGDSC)

Abstract

The PermianTriassic transition witnessed the greatest mass extinction and ecosystem turnover of the Phanerozoic (Alroy et al. 2008; Chen and Benton 2012). The event has inspired (and would inspire) generations of palaeontologists to interrogate this great dying, with no sign of abating. South China, as an isolated block, was located in the eastern Palaeotethyan gape during the Late Permianearliest Triassic (Blakey 2008) and contains some of the most complete PermianTriassic marine-facies sequences (Erwin 1993; Yin 1996). Tens of sections with continuous PermianTriassic depositional successions have been recognized in South China (Zhao et al. 1981; Sheng et al. 1984; Yang et al. 1987; Li et al. 1989; Yang et al. 1991; Shen et al. 1995; Yin et al. 2001). These sections have attracted many geologists to conduct detailed research on the stratigraphy, palaeontology and palaeoenvironment centred around the PermianTriassic mass extinction (e.g., Jin et al. 2000; Xie et al. 2005; Shen et al. 2001; Joachimski et al. 2012; Algeo et al. 2013; Song et al. 2013; He et al. 2015). Based on the research, an episodic mass-extinction pattern (e.g., single- or two-episode) has been proposed (Yang et al. 1991; Jin et al. 2000; Song et al. 2013).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology, School of Earth SciencesChina University of GeosciencesWuhanChina
  2. 2.School of Life and Environmental SciencesBurwoodAustralia
  3. 3.Deakin UniversityGeelongAustralia
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and StratigraphyNanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology and Center for Excellence in Life and Palaeoenvironment, Chinese Academy of SciencesNanjingChina

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