Giant asteroid apocalypse 13K years ago was witnessed by ancient humans, experts believe

The asteroid that hit Earth nearly 13,000 years ago and ended the Pleistocene era likely wiped out an ancient civilization in what is modern-day Syria, according to newly discovered evidence.

The research, published in Scientific Reports, notes that experts discovered remnants of glass that were created during a high-impact event, as well as minerals such as chromium, iron, nickel and others, all of which formed in temperatures higher than 2,200 degrees Celsius, according to a statement from the University of California-Santa Barbara.

“To help with perspective, such high temperatures would completely melt an automobile in less than a minute,” said one of the study’s co-authors and UC Santa Barbara emeritus professor of geology James Kennett in the statement.
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