Getting Close to the Mass Extinction (IMAGE) University of Bristol Caption A geologist studies the exact line of the mass extinction at the end of the Permian. A few metres above her head is the Triassic, and most life had disappeared by that time. Credit Mike Benton, University of Bristol Usage Restrictions The image is only to be used to illustrate this article. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.