The giant meteor that crashed off the coast of Mexico around 65 million years ago hit the Earth too early to explain the dinosaurs' demise and was too tame to even hurt a protist, according to a new study published today (Apr. 27) in the__ linkurl:Journal of the Geological Society.; __Some researchers, however, maintain that the study's authors are needlessly wishing away the shooting star.
Image: NSF/Zina Deretsky
The linkurl:Chicxulub crater; in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula has been hailed as the smoking gun that proves the theory that an asteroid impact exterminated around two-thirds of all living species, including dinosaurs, at the end of the Mesozoic era. But "we can show now for the first time that it did not cause mass extinction," linkurl:Gerta Keller,; a Princeton University paleontologist and geologist, told __The Scientist__. "It didn't kill the dinosaurs. In fact, it didn't cause much damage that we can determine from...

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