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A meteor impact 66 million years ago generated a tsunami-like wave in an inland sea that killed and buried fish, mammals, insects and a dinosaur, the first victims of Earth’s most recent mass extinction event. The deathbed created within an hour of the impact has been excavated at an unprecedented fossil site in North Dakota.(Graphics and photos courtesy of Robert DePalma)

North Dakota site shows wreckage from same object that killed the dinosaurs

An excavation site in North Dakota sheds new light on what happened when a giant meteorite struck planet Earth, 66 million years ago. On that...
A life-scene from 232 million years ago, during the Carnian Pluvial Episode after which dinosaurs took over. A large rauisuchian lurks in the background, while two species of dinosaurs stand in the foreground. Based on data from the Ischigualasto Formation in Argentina. © Davide Bonadonna.

Dinosaurs disappeared and originated with a bang

Almost 60 million years ago, it is normally comprehended that the dinosaurs vanished with a blast – wiped out by an extraordinary meteorite impact. But their...