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The supernova hypothesis

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An existing hypothesis proposed that a supernova at the end of the Cretaceous had caused the extinction of dinosaurs. Supernovas throw off heavy elements like iridium so the hypothesis seemed to fit with the team's discovery of high iridium levels.

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