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The Day, No The Hour Dinosaurs Died...

Posted By: UtahFanSir
Date: Monday, April 15, 2019 at 12:22 am

The New Yorker: A young paleontologist may have discovered a record of the most significant event in the history of life on Earth.

If, on a certain evening about sixty-­six million years ago, you had stood somewhere in North America and looked up at the sky, you would have soon made out what appeared to be a star. If you watched for an hour or two, the star would have seemed to grow in brightness, although it barely moved. That’s because it was not a star but an asteroid, and it was headed directly for Earth at about forty-five thousand miles an hour. Sixty hours later, the asteroid hit. The air in front was compressed and violently heated, and it blasted a hole through the atmosphere, generating a supersonic shock wave. The asteroid struck a shallow sea where the Yucatán peninsula is today. In that moment, the Cretaceous period ended and the Paleogene period began.

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UtahFanSir icon NEW: The Day, No The Hour Dinosaurs Died...
UtahFanSir - -- Monday 15 April 2019, at 12:22 am [ID# 1945068] [reply]
SforkUte icon NEW: That’s when the party really got started! (nm)
SforkUte - -- Monday 15 April 2019, at 06:13 am [ID# 1945069] [reply]
The Thrill icon NEW: I bet the CO2 levels were off the charts and humans didn't cause that. (nm)
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