Study Casts Doubt on Mammoth-Killing Cosmic Impact

Woolly mammoth
The Younger Dryas, the period being studied by UC Davis and other earth scientists, coincided with the extinction of mammoths and other great beasts and the disappearance of the Paleo-Indian Clovis people.

Rock soil droplets formed by heating most likely came from Stone Age house fires and not from a disastrous cosmic impact 12,900 years ago, according to new research from the University of California, Davis. The study, of soil from Syria, is the latest to discredit the controversial theory that a cosmic impact triggered the Younger Dryas cold period. "For the Syria side, the impact theory is out," said lead author Peter Thy, a project scientist in the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. "There's no way that can be done." Read more at UC Davis News.