One unspecified day 66 million years ago, the impact of a large asteroid changed the Earth - a planet so suitable for life - into a dark and inhospitable place, hostile to most living beings. A giant rock hit the planet millions of years ago and wiped out the dinosaurs.
How dinosaurs died?
Now with advanced technology, researchers have been able to put together a new timeline showing what really happened.
When the first rays of sunlight filtered through months later, they illuminated vast uninhabited plains, forestless and ash-covered, and oceans essentially devoid of life.
In that desolation, fungi and algae shared their existence with a few other living beings, such as small mammals and rare birds. Then, in hundreds of years, things improved, the climate returned to be almost the same as before and new species evolved, populating the Earth again.
Was it good, was it bad? As long as there were dinosaurs, mammals had no room to thrive and become dominant. Free from their presence and with an increasingly prosperous planet at their disposal, they finally managed to take the long road that would lead to the birth of the first hominids and finally Homo sapiens, our species.
It is probably thanks to that asteroid, to the devastation it brought to the Planet millions of years ago if today you are in front of a screen to read this, which is our history after all. But the pain of losing so many wonderful animals and fellow travelers in our evolutionary history is still strong in us.
This event caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.