The scientists have been analysing fossils to determine the best way to make it through such a defining period as a collective species. They have studied animals which survived through one of the most catastrophic events in history, and learnt how to come through the other side. Some 250 million years ago, two massive volcanoes in Siberia erupted, propelling billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere and drastically altering the Earth’s climate.

As a result, a mass extinction, known as the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction, occurred, wiping out the majority of the animal kingdom. However, some animals survived and even thrived in the ensuing atmosphere, which has baffled experts as to how. By studying fossils of an early Triassic Lystrosaurus, experts have managed to reveal how some beings managed to make it through the disaster. FULL REPORT