Dinosaurs erupted on to the scene with the help of volcanoes

Many groups of plants and animals we see today also appeared after this extinction event

18 September 2020 - 00:00 By Helena Horton

The T-Rex and other Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs thrived because volcanic eruptions that wiped out other species warmed up the Earth, allowing them take over, a study has found.

Scientists from the University of Bristol have discovered a new major extinction event that occurred because of massive volcanic eruptions in the Wrangellia area of western Canada, where huge volumes of volcanic basalt were poured out, forming much of the west coast of North America...

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