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In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid—not volcanoes

Jan 16, 2020

By Yale University

Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of researchers. It was all about the asteroid.

In a break from a number of other recent studies, Yale assistant professor of geology & geophysics Pincelli Hull and her colleagues argue in a new research paper in Science that environmental impacts from  in India in the region known as the Deccan Traps happened well before the Cretaceous-Paleogene  event 66 million years ago and therefore did not contribute to the .

Most scientists acknowledge that the , also known as K-Pg, occurred after an asteroid slammed into Earth. Some researchers also have focused on the role of volcanoes in K-Pg due to indications that  happened around the same time.

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