Monstrous “gorgons” survived a mass extinction, but they were a “dead band that walked.”

Reports of a mass extinction of the “Gorgons” at the end of the Permian period were greatly exaggerated, new research finds. These bizarre paleo-beasts were thought to have been extinct along with most other living things on Earth by that time, but scientists recently found that some of these so-called gorgons survived into the Triassic period. They didn’t survive long, however, making them a “dead group that walks,” the team said.

An analysis of three specimens found in the Karoo Basin of South Africa shows that this group of saber-toothed animals known as gorgonopsians were the dominant Late Period predators permianShe managed to survive the “Great Dying”. During this event, which took place around 251.9 million years ago and is also known as the End-Permian extinction, about 90% of all species became extinct. Gorgonopsians were an exception – but despite their survival, their prospects were not great.

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