by Brandon Butler
A prehistoric nanosecond 4/10/2021

Cody Cassidy for Wired:

The day the Chicxulub asteroid slammed into what is now a small town on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula that bears its name is the most consequential moment in the history of life on our planet. In a prehistoric nanosecond, the reign of the dinosaurs ended and the rise of mammals began. Not only did the impact exterminate every dinosaur save for a few ground-nesting birds, it killed every land mammal larger than a raccoon. In a flash, Earth began one of the most apocalyptical periods in its history. Could you survive it? Maybe.

The destruction Cassidy describes in this story is extraordinary. It’s incredible to think this single asteroid impact is why I’m here writing this and you’re here reading it.