Feral Gorgons Survived Mass Extinction, But They Were ‘Walking Dead’

A new study finds that reports of the Gorgon mass extinction at the end of the Permian period have been greatly exaggerated. These strange beasts were thought to have died out along with most other life on Earth at the time, but scientists have recently discovered that some of the so-called gorgons survived into the Triassic period. They didn’t survive long, the team said, leaving them “the walking dead”.

Analysis of three specimens found in the Karoo Basin of South Africa reveals that this saber-toothed group, known as gorgonopsians, were the dominant predators during the late last century. Permian period, managed to survive the “great death”. During this event, which occurred about 251.9 million years ago and was also known as the end-Permian extinction, about 90% of all species became extinct. The Gorgonopsians were an exception – but despite their survival, their prospects were not great.

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