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Sudden (Dinosaur) Death

Although it is now generally accepted that an asteroid impact ended the reign of the dinosaurs in a sudden, spectacular fashion, the story of how this theory developed is quirky and fraught. The impact is thought to have killed 75% of all plant and animal species on land and in the oceans, but was, in some ways, also highly selective. The probable evolution of the extinction event and the discovery of more than a hundred impact craters around the Earth highlight the dangers of life in our solar system.


Artists conception of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs

End of the world as the dinosaurs knew it!