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An explanation of the asteroid hypothesis

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Luis Alvarez hypothesized that the asteroid had blown millions of tons of dust into the atmosphere, blotting out the sun, stopping photosynthesis and plant growth and hence, causing the global collapse of food webs and resulting in a major extinction.

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