Life after Impact.

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Curtin researchers are helping to further our scientific understanding of the distant past.

In April 2016, Curtin geomicrobiologist and ancient DNA expert, Associate Professor Marco Coolen, was part of a multi-national team of scientists that drilled over 1,300m into the Chicxulub crater off the coast of Mexico. The crater resulted from a catastrophic asteroid impact that wiped out 75 per cent of all species on Earth 66 million years ago.

Now, Coolen and renowned Curtin biomarker and isotope geochemist, John Curtin Distinguished Professor Kliti Grice, are working with an international team on the rock samples taken from that expedition. Using state-of-the art technology, they aim to reveal more about the event itself and how quickly life was able to recover.


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