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September 16, 2014
Tiny Diamonds Point To Cosmic Impact For Major Period of Climate Change
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 16, 2014
Around 12,800 years ago, a sudden, catastrophic event plunged much of the Earth into a period of cold climatic conditions and drought. This drastic climate change - the Younger Dryas - coincided with the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna, such as the saber-tooth cats and the mastodon, and resulted in major declines in prehistoric human populations, including the termination of the Clovis culture. With limited evidence, several rival theories have been proposed about the event that sparked this p ... read more

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