Volcanic gas bursts probably didn’t kill off the dinosaurs

A new timeline exonerates the Deccan Traps eruptions in a mass extinction 66 million years ago

Westerb Ghats mountains

The Deccan Traps eruptions blanketed much of India’s Western Ghats mountains (shown) in lava about 66 million years ago. But the toxic gases emitted by the eruptions probably weren’t what killed the dinosaurs, new research suggests.

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