This illustration shows a giant asteroid collision between Mars and Jupiter that occurred 466 million years ago and produced the dust that led to an ice age on Earth. Photo: Don Davis/Southwest Research Institute

How distant asteroid collision shaped life on Earth before dinosaurs were wiped out

  • Enormous dust cloud that swept solar system sent Earth into a mini ice age
  • It sparked an explosion in primitive life after blocking some of the sunlight falling on Earth
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This illustration shows a giant asteroid collision between Mars and Jupiter that occurred 466 million years ago and produced the dust that led to an ice age on Earth. Photo: Don Davis/Southwest Research Institute
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