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Dinosaurs died out ‘within a gnat’s eyebrow’ of devastating meteor impact 66million years ago

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DAMIEN GAYLE
UK Daily Mail
Feb 8, 2013

Dinosaurs vanished earlier than previously thought and ‘within a gnat’s eyebrow’ of the cataclysmic meteor impact blamed for their extinction, say scientists.

Corrected dates for both events suggest they occurred almost at the same time, around 66million years ago.

Previous studies indicated that the impact pre-dated the death of the dinosaurs by as much as 300,000 years.

The disaster was probably the ‘final straw’ for the dinosaurs but may not have been the only reason the reptiles which ruled the world for more than 150million years died out, scientists believe.

A 110-mile crater in the Caribbean off the coast of Mexico marks the spot where a six-mile-wide object, either an asteroid or comet, smashed into the Earth.

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