For those unconcerned with an event hundreds of millions of years in the past, Ruhl's research is a little more than a history lesson. Ruhl argues that better understanding the Triassic period extinction could help with further research in the field of climate change.
"People are worried nowadays that the release of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning could melt glaciers in the same way," Ruhl told FoxNews.com. "That's the big question of course" -- and a big leap to make.
Ruhl noted that events far back in history when the planet was dramatically different are hardly comparable to the modern world.
"What we don't know is what the thresholds are today," he explained, saying simply that the findings dictate further study, not panic.
"We have to remember that the world in the past was a very different. All the continents were still together, there were no glaciers. Ocean currents were probably very different."
"But it will be interesting to see how animals and ecosystems cope nowadays compared to those in the young Triassic," Ruhl added.