Fifth Mass Extinction: Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction Event

The Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event occurred 65 million years ago.  In this extinction 17% of families, 50% of all genera, and 75% of all species became extinct.  This extinction is believed to have been caused by an asteroid impact at the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan plateau.  Before this extinction, mammals were few and small, most resembling field mice.  This extinction may have given rise to the reign of mammals.
The Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event, also known as the Cretaceous–Tertiary (K–T) extinction, was a mass extinction of some three-quarters of the …


Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction. The Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction – also known as the K/T extinction – is famed for the death of the dinosaurs.
Learn about the dinosaur extinction (the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction) and get information, facts, and more about dinosaur extinctions from National Geographic.




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