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New theory tackling why most life on earth perished sixty-five million years ago. Intended for a broad audience, the book will also be of great interest to scientists - many of whom now agree that an object from outer space hit the earth with unimaginable force sixty-five million years ago. The author suggests that a complex sequence of events occurred, beginning with a nearby star turning into a supernova. Massive radiation causing world-wide forest fires, the collision of comets leading to a `nuclear winter' and the acidification of the oceans followed.
'Carlisle successfully presents various debateable hypotheses, and even throws in his own, to explain the mass extinction of 65 million years ago ... he resists jargon and provides refreshing pockets of anecdotes throughout.' New Scientist
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