Saturday, July 25, 2009

Comet stikes Earth at Santa Barbara

Scientist discovered that the comets that strikes Earth may cause the extinction of pygmy mammoth.

Nano-sized diamonds found embedded in the crust of Santa Rosa Island off the coast of Santa Barbara appear to have been formed when a comet crashed into Earth—the same comet that scientists say may also be responsible for the extinction of the island’s pygmy mammoth. “The pygmy mammoth, the tiny island version of the North American mammoth, died off at this time,” said UCSB professor emeritus James Kennett, who, with his son Douglas Kennett of the University of Oregon, led the 15-person research team whose findings were published this week in the Proceedings of the Natinal Academy of Science. “Since it coincides with this event, we suggest it is related.” continue reading


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