What Caused the Mass Extinction Recorded at the K-T Boundary?
ESU801  The Fossil Record Shows Mass Extinctions

When organisms die, sometimes their remains are preserved as fossils. Determining the ages of these fossils provides a record of the organisms that lived during different periods of Earth's history. Evidence for the K-T mass extinction comes from comparing the fossils found at the end of the Cretaceous period to those found at the beginning of the Tertiary period.

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Fossil ammonite shell. Ammonites are sea animals that became extinct during the K-T extinction.

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Species Affected

1. What biological findings have been reported at the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary?


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