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Fossil Discovery Could Offer Glimpse into Day the Dinos Died

Fossilized fish uncovered in North Dakota appear to preserve the catastrophic fallout of the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

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By Emily Zendt

Newly uncovered fossils in North Dakota appear to be the victims of one of the most catastrophic days in Earth’s history—the day the dinosaurs died 66 million years ago. A team of researchers led by paleontologist Robert DePalma reports chaotic debris created by two huge waves that surged up a river from an ancient inland sea. They say the site holds much more evidence that will keep them busy for years to come.

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