Volcanically triggered global warming

The leading alternative hypothesis is that rapid and severe climate change (specifically global warming) was responsible e.g. Benton and Twitchett, (2003) Kidder and Worsley (2004) . This model has evolved since the early 1990s, and incorporates a number of potential extinction mechanisms that were at one time Erwin (1993) considered to be separate, though not necessarily mutually exclusive, possibilities. The present hypothesis is that flood basalt eruptions, represented by the Siberian Traps,...