International Asteroid Day


Robert DePalma, left, and Anton Oleinik, Ph.D., at a research site in North Dakota.

International Asteroid Day

Researchers Pinpoint the Timing of Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid

Researchers in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science led a discovery that determined it was springtime when a catastrophic asteroid crashed into Earth. The event was responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs and 75 percent of life on Earth 66 million years ago.

Results of the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, greatly enhances the ability to trace the first stages of damage to life on Earth, according to authors Robert DePalma, adjunct professor, and Anton Oleinik, Ph.D., associate professor, both in FAU’s department of geosciences.

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