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Terrestrial effects of moderately nearby supernovae

By Adrian L. Melott, Brian C Thomas

Posted 08 Dec 2017
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/230847 (published DOI: 10.1111/let.12256)

Recent data indicate one or more moderately nearby supernovae in the early Pleistocene, with additional events likely in the Miocene. This has motivated more detailed computations, using new information about the nature of supernovae and the distances of these events to describe in more detail the sorts of effects that are indicated at the Earth. This short communication/review is designed to describe some of these effects so that they may possibly be related to changes in the biota around these times.

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