Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event

Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event

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Caption: Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event. Artwork of an asteroid creating a fireball as it enters the Earth's atmosphere, with Ichthyosaurus marine reptiles (Ichthyosaurs) jumping from the sea in the foreground. This is the asteroid that is thought to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. The collision took place around 65 million years ago, long after the ichthyosaurs had become extinct. For this image without the asteroid, see C003/0075.

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