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RE: More Than Meteor Killed the Dinos

> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> Scott
> The Deccan traps, I
> realize, are pretty well nailed down to have begun a million years before
> the Chicxulub strike, but "pretty well nailed down" isn't the same as
> "absotively posilootly nailed down," is it?

The lowermost Deccan basalts are apparently magnetic normal (presumably C30n, 
although I suppose it might actually be C31n, which
would make them even older in the Late Maastrichtian...), while the K/T 
boundary is during C29r (a magnetically-reversed interval).
So minimally the Deccan Traps began erupting a few hundreds of thousands of 
years before the K/T boundary itself.

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