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Supernovae and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs

Nature volume 229, pages 553554 (19 February 1971) | Download Citation

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WE wish to suggest that a nearby supernova explosion might produce climatic effects so drastic as to cause the extinction of many animals, including the dinosaurs. Earlier discussions of this topic1,2 focused on the radiation doses to be expected as a result of the interaction of high-energy cosmic rays and γ-rays with the atmosphere. Reasonable estimates of the parameters involved implied doses which may account for some of the patterns of mass extinction observed in the geological record.

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  1. National Museum of Natural Sciences, Ottawa

    • DALE RUSSELL
  2. American Science and Engineering, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

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