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Forbes discusses physics professor's gamma-ray burst extinction theory

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Adrian Melott, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas, and his colleagues put forth the idea that a gamma-ray burst may have caused the Late Ordovician mass extinction 440 million years ago. 

Forbes discusses Melott's hypothesis, the difficulty of testing the theory and what it could tell scientists about a future gamma-ray burst hitting the Earth. Read the Forbes article here.