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"What exactly happened during this extinction is of more than academic importance: The release of tremendous amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere over a brief period of time bears some similarity to our current situation, as we create billions of tons of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil. “It behooves us to find out what’s going on,” says Olsen. A mass extinction event of our own is something we’d best avoid."

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