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Many workers consider the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction the archetypal catastrophic pulse event caused solely by the Chicxulub bolide impact. However, based on a global scale analysis of marine animals, the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary is a candidate for an extinction enhanced by the coincidence of press and pulse disturbances. We make a preliminary test of key predictions of the press-pulse hypothesis using palynological data. We document a local palynological extinction of 21% at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, which is consistent with extinction rates of 15% to 30% at other localities in the Hell Creek type area and throughout North America. We also find a...

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