Dinosaurs really were destroyed by an asteroid, study shows

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Scientists have long theorized that the dinosaurs met their demise at the hands of a giant asteroid, but the circumstances of such an event have thus far remained murky. Now, a team of American and European researchers have shed new light on the incident, lending extra weight to an already widely-adopted theory.

Researchers have spent years trying to find a direct connection between the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event (K-T, for short) and cosmic collision. They found a lead in the late 1970s, when geophysicist Glen Penfield discovered a giant prehistoric crater near the town of Chicxulub in Mexico. At more than 110 miles wide, the crater provided evidence of an utterly massive impact — one that would have released an explosion…

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