New fossils may capture the minutes after the dinosaur-killing asteroid impact

A North Dakota site appears to hold fish, other organisms swiftly buried in the strike’s wake

fish fossil at Tanis site

DEEP IMPACT  These fossil fish, discovered in North Dakota, were swiftly buried in mud, perhaps due to violent shaking of their home. The fossil site, researchers say, gives a never-before-seen view of the day a giant asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago.

Robert DePalma/University of Kansas

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