By Gage Simpson
Owner of New Frontier News
Friday, March 29, 2019
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS) – New research conducted by the University of Kansas into a fossil deposit gives a glimpse into the day 66 million years ago that a massive asteroid impacted the Earth and ended the age of dinosaurs.
The new research comes after a new fossil find was found in North Dakota showing a massive cluster of species who were all killed by a massive tsunami and subsequently buried in debris.
Robert DePalma, from the University of Kansas, called the dig a glimpse into events that occurred only just 10 minutes after the asteroid impacted.
A mass of fish, insects, mammals, and even a dinosaur were found in a cluster at Tanis. Trees and other debris were also found on top of fossils.
Some of the fish had glass-like ash in their gills, and small bead-like impact debris called tektite were also found in amber.
They found out that the tsunami occurred no later than an hour after the impact of the meteorite, which indicates that more localized shocks caused multiple, smaller tsunamis around the world, some of which reached magnitude 11.
This find is one of the first direct observations of the effects of the 12-km wide meteorite that impacted over 1,890 mi (3,000 km) from the dig.
The site also exhibits a cap of Iridium, which can be found in a narrow band around the world, which is now seen as an indicator to a massive meteorite having impacted the Earth.
Including most species of Dinosaur, the Cretaceous Era extinction killed nearly 75% of all species on Earth.
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