HELL CREEK, North Dakota (ABC) – The discovery of fossil fish can give a glimpse of the day the asteroid strikes the ground and wipes out the dinosaurs from the planet 66 million years ago, according to a new study
will be published on Monday in the National Academy of Sciences reports, initially offers scientifically: a detailed picture of the terrible moments immediately after the impact of Chixoulub, the most cataclysmic event known to have survived the life of the Earth. KU News Service
The "exquisitely preserved" fossils, some of which have a hot cup in their gills, were found in North Dakota in the Hell Creek fortress and are believed to have formed after as the asteroid hit Mexico, causing burning debris to float on the ground, according to a press release from the University of Kansas.
The fossils offer the first of a kind 'detailed picture of the terrible moments right after Chixoulub's impact ̵
The influence destroyed about 75% of the animal and plant species living on Earth at that time, including the dinosaurs
The petrified beings lived near the deep-cut river, according to the release. The rapid increase in water in minutes after the impact is likely to create a "tangled mass of freshwater fish, terrestrial vertebrates, trees, branches, logs, marine ammonites and other marine creatures," which were kept open in the rock formation by Robert Depalma, a PhD student in Geology from the University of Kansas.
The fish were killed "quite suddenly because of the violence of that water," said study co-author David Burnham, a preponderant of paleontology of the spine at the University of the Kansas Institute of Biodiversity. One of the fossilized fish has broken in half after it hit a tree, says Burnham. Scientists also discover new species within the fossil collection
The planet has been "inherited" by mammals after the asteroid's impact, said Burnham.
"We found out that bad things happened right after the blow, but nobody found this type of evidence to smoke," he said. "People said," We get that blast killing dinosaurs, but why do not we have dead bodies everywhere "Well, now we have bodies. They are not dinosaurs, but I think they will eventually be found. "
The study will be published Monday in the National Academy of Sciences reports, according to the University of Kansas. .