Although scientists were skeptical at first, in recent years it has become accepted that the demise of dinosaurs was caused by a meteor impact in the Gulf of Mexico 65 million years ago. Now new research shows that the dinosaurs may have actually been killed off by a series of volcanic eruptions in India. The evidence of this are the gigantic Deccan Traps lava beds there.
Researcher Gerta Keller says, “It’s the first time we can directly link the main phase of the Deccan Traps to the mass extinction.” Why do they think this? Proof comes in the form of microscopic marine fossils that are known to have evolved immediately after the mysterious mass extinction event, which have been found in the lava beds.
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