Prehistoric asteroid wiped out nearly all mammals as well as dinosaurs, research suggests

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I’ve always been fascinated by dinosaurs, ever since I was a young boy. While they take centre stage in the extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous, 65 million years ago, recent research by scientists from the University of Bath reveals that the impact of the asteroid that struck near the Yucatan peninsula was more severe as was previously assumed.

Nearly every species of mammal was eradicated by the prehistoric asteroid which wiped out the dinosaurs, research suggests. Around 93% of mammal species were made extinct by the strike, which took place in the Cretaceous period, more than 66 million years ago. Examination of fossil records by scientists from the University of Bath determined that the asteroid’s impact had been much more severe than previously thought.

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