252 million years ago, Earth underwent its worst, most violent chapter in the form of the Permian-Triassic extinction event, or "The Great Dying". 70% of the terrestrial species and 95% of the marine species became extinct.
There was one thing that I had noticed in Permian and Triassic landmasses--both periods had Pangaea, all the world's continents clumped together into one singular landmass. And recent evidence has found that it took life ten million years to recover from the Great Dying.
So why did it take so long? Was the damage of the Great Dying that extensive? Or did Pangaea play a part in delaying the recovery process?