BBC NEWS ONLINE: 'Dinosaur asteroid' wrought springtime devastation

Press/Media: Research

Period24 Feb 2022

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  • Title'Dinosaur asteroid' wrought springtime devastation
    Media name/outletBBC News Online
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionScientists can't pinpoint the exact year that an asteroid came out of the sky to wipe out the dinosaurs but they're sure now that the huge space rock struck Earth in the Northern Hemisphere springtime.

    And they think the seasonal timing may have been a critical factor that influenced which animal groups managed to live through the calamity.

    Clearly, it made no difference for the dinosaurs, but it might have done for certain mammals, birds and plants. It could have made all the difference.

    This was perhaps particularly so for those species living in the Southern Hemisphere, where it would have been autumn or early winter at the time of impact.
    PersonsPhillip Manning


  • dinosaurs
  • extinction