A carbon-isotopic study of an end-Permian mass-extinction horizon, Bulla, northern Italy: A negative δ13C shift prior to the marine extinction

P. Gorjan, Kunio Kaiho, Z. Q. Chen

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Abstract

Palaeontological data from the Permian-Triassic Bulla section, northern Italy, demonstrate a rapid extinction at this site. This occurs after a negative carbonate carbon-isotope (δ13C carb) shift, consistent with two other northern Italian sites (Val Badia and Tesero). However, conclusion goes against recent reporting that the extinction occurs before the δ13C carb shift. We agree that the shift occurs after the extinction at Jameson Land, east Greenland (a high latitude palaeolocation). However, all other sections show the shift before, or coincident with, the extinction. We suggest that the simplest explanation is a coeval shift in carbonate carbon-isotope shifts, and it follows that the extinction was not. This suggests that the end-Permian extinction crept from region to region. It also suggests that the marine extinction occurred first in high northern latitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-258
Number of pages6
JournalTerra Nova
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

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