Researchers prove a seven-mile-wide meteor killed the dinosaurs. Should we be worried?

Intellihub editors note: It’s scary to think that the very same thing that wiped out the dinosaurs could kill humans as well. Don’t get caught off-guard.


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Researchers from the International Ocean Discovery Program and the University of Texas in Austin found in 2016 that asteroid dust matching a core sample taken from the Chicxulub impact crater is one of the same. The discovery yields proof the dinosaurs went extinct after a deep impact caused dust to blanket the Earth’s atmosphere triggering a ‘dark winter’ scenario. 

Researchers admit the element iridium is the nail in the coffin and seals the case on what once was an open debate. A 3000-mile long core sample taken from the seafloor confirms the match.

“The telltale sign of asteroid dust is the element iridium – which is rare in the Earth’s crust, but present at elevated levels in certain types of asteroids,” UT News reports. “An iridium spike in the geologic layer found all over the world is how the asteroid hypothesis was born.”

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