Mass Extinction In Late Triassic Period Led To The Rise Of Dinosaurs, New Study Claims

Mass Extinction In Late Triassic Period Led To The Rise Of Dinosaurs, New Study Claims

New research suggests that the mass extinction event that led to the rise of dinosaurs might have happened in the latter stages of the Triassic Period, at a time when dinosaurs were rare but already making their presence felt on our planet.

In a study published Monday in the journal Nature Communications, researchers at the University of Bristol in England discovered that dinosaurs might have become the dominant species on Earth after an event called the Carnian Pluvial Episode, which took place about 232 million years ago. As noted by UPI, the first dinosaurs are believed to have appeared around 245 million years ago, just as the Triassic Period was kicking off. But the new findings suggest that dinosaurs, which were still rare in the Early Triassic, only became common in the early parts of the Late Triassic, after the aforementioned extinction event.

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