Illustration of Pteranodon sp. flying reptiles watching a massive asteroid approaching Earth's surface. A similar impact is believed to have led to the death of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. The impact would have thrown trillions of tons of dust into the atmosphere, cooling the Earth's climate significantly, which may have been responsible for the mass extinction. A layer of iridium-ric
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- Illustration of the K/T Event at the end of the Cretaceous Period. A ten-kilometre-wide asteroid or comet is entering the Earth's atmosphere as dinosaurs, including T. rex, look on.
- Artwork of pterosaurs flying over a scene of destruction. Some 65 million years ago, the impact of an asteroid or comet with the Earth provoked one of prehistory's greatest mass-extinctions, when it wiped out the dinosaurs, pterosaurs and many other species. The impact occurred in a shallow sea, off the coast of what is now Mexico, caving out a magma-filled wound some 180 kilometres across. Ejecta
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- Artwork depicting the extinction of the dinosaurs, some 65 million years ago. Scientists are now as certain as they can be that the extinction of the dinosaurs was at least partly provoked by the impact of a giant asteroid or comet in a shallow sea off the coast of what is now Mexico. The bolide is thought to have been around 10 kilometres (6 miles) across. Debris from the impact would have been t
- Artwork showing dinosaurs caught in the aftermath of an asteroid impact. The dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago, an event provoked by the impact of a large asteroid or comet with the Earth. The impact of such an object, some 10km across, threw up an enormous amount of debris, blocking out the Sun for months or years. In this depiction, a blast wave moving outwards from the impact site i
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- Artwork of an early rat-like mammal, called Ptilodus, regarding a tyrannosaur skull. Ptilodus was one of the animals that took the place of the dinosaurs once they had become extinct. It was about 30 to 50 cm long.
- Illustration depicting the end of life on Earth, after the Sun turns into a red giant. A human skull is seen in the foreground, and the Moon " now far smaller in the sky than the Sun " is seen silhouetted against the bloated star.