In the comment on our paper, Forel and Crasquin (2015)make a number of very strong criticisms that attempt to cast doubt on everything in our study. We thank them for their detailed discussion of our paper, especially the taxonomic and methodological issues and the insightful explanations on the causes of the reduction of ostracod size. However,many of their criticisms are excessive. Our paper focused on the change of ostracod size across the Permian-Triassic boundary according to reliable data, and several probable causes were presented. We accept some of the comments by Forel and Crasquin (2015), but these do not negate the core conclusions of our original paper.
- Permian–Triassic extinction
- Lilliput effect