Major volcanic eruption before asteroid impact 'may have helped wipe out dinosaurs'

December 12, 2014 9:27 AM

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Major volcanic eruption before asteroid impact 'may have helped wipe out dinosaurs'

Analysis of rocks from west-central India by MIT scientists suggests that a major volcanic eruption which preceded the asteroid impact 66 million years ago could have aided in the extinction of dinosaurs.

The eruption began 250,000 years before the asteroid strike and continued for 500,000 years after the giant impact, spewing a total of 1.5 million square kilometres of lava.

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