Who killed the dinosaurs?

dino.jpgMassive volcanic eruptions in India may have spelt the end for the dinosaurs 65 million years ago – and not a meteor smacking into into Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, creating the 180km-wide Chicxulub Crater. Scientists from Switzerland and the United States have been able to date the eruptions, which created the Deccan Traps lava beds, to within 300,000 years of the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, palaeontology’s most persistent puzzle. The researchers haven’t ruled out meteor impacts, but reckon they weren’t enough to cause a mass extinction alone. Debate among specialists promises though to rage on…


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