Giant Space Rock That Wiped Out Dinosaurs May Have Sparked Volcanoes, Too

A new, controversial study describes a new possible sequence of cataclysmic events that changed life on Earth forever.

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Artist's rendering of dinosaurs looking at an asteroid in the sky.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs may have set off a chain of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions on land and undersea, claims a new study that is already dividing scientists. About 66 million years ago a 6-mile wide asteroid smacked into Earth, creating the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan and sparking deadly chaos. Superhot particles rained from the air causing fires across the globe and sending temperatures higher. Then it…

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