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2011-09-19 13:06:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission indicate the family of asteroids some believed was responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs is not likely the culprit, keeping the case open on one of Earth's greatest mysteries. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) While scientists are confident a large asteroid crashed into Earth approximately 65 million years ago, leading to the...

NASA Says Dinosaur Killer Still Remains At Large
2011-09-19 13:40:36

  NASA said on Monday that the family of asteroids believed to be responsible for the destruction of dinosaurs is innocent. Observations made by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) confirmed that a 2007 study's claims that a huge asteroid known as Baptistina destroyed the dinosaurs was false. Although the new discovery has abolished one theory of how the dinosaurs ceased to exist, it did not bring about any new theories on the topic. The original theory used...

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2007-09-10 17:42:15

The impactor believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs and other life forms on Earth some 65 million years ago has been traced back to a breakup event in the main asteroid belt. The finding provides insights into one of the most important extinction events in Earth's history. Known as the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) extinction, this impact event signaled a dramatic change in the evolutionary history of Earth. Understanding the origins and effects of this event can not only teach us about the...