Extinction of the dinosaurs

Extinction of the dinosaurs

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Credit: JULIUS T CSOTONYI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Extinction of the dinosaurs, artwork. Originally titled 'Nightfall on the Cretaceous', this artwork shows a scene from the late Cretaceous just before the impact of the K-T asteroid that ended the Age of the Dinosaurs. This asteroid is shown as a bright point of light at upper right, with the meteor streaks heralding the asteroids arrival. Silhouetted against the sky is the bone-headed dinosaur Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis. On the branch above (from a Metasequoia tree) is a small marsupial, one of the mammals that in the absence of the dinosaurs will rise to dominate the world.

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