The paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports, pushes back against an older theory that claims the object that killed the dinosaurs was a fragment of an asteroid that came from our solar system’s Main Belt. Photo: AFP
The paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports, pushes back against an older theory that claims the object that killed the dinosaurs was a fragment of an asteroid that came from our solar system’s Main Belt. Photo: AFP
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Comet from edge of solar system killed the dinosaurs, Harvard scientists say

  • Astronomers say Jupiter caused the ‘Chicxulub impactor’ to crash into our planet 66 million years ago, wiping out three-quarters of life on Earth
  • Researchers say we can expect similar impacts every 250 million to 750 million years, though ‘you never know when the next one will come’

The paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports, pushes back against an older theory that claims the object that killed the dinosaurs was a fragment of an asteroid that came from our solar system’s Main Belt. Photo: AFP
The paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports, pushes back against an older theory that claims the object that killed the dinosaurs was a fragment of an asteroid that came from our solar system’s Main Belt. Photo: AFP
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