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Stothers 1984

Stothers, R.B., 1984: Mass extinctions and missing matter. Nature, 311, 17, doi:10.1038/311017a0.

The approximate 30-Myr periodicity that appears to exist in the record of mass biological extinctions and terrestrial impact cratering has been interpreted by Rampino and myself as evidence of a quasi-periodic bombardment of the Earth by comets that have been perturbed into Earth-crossing orbits by close gravitational encounters of the Solar System with massive interstellar clouds of gas and dust. In this model, the underlying clockwork is the Solar System's vertical oscillation through the midplane of the Galaxy, towards which most of the massive interstellar clouds are concentrated.

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@article{st05120h,
  author={Stothers, R. B.},
  title={Mass extinctions and missing matter},
  year={1984},
  journal={Nature},
  volume={311},
  pages={17},
  doi={10.1038/311017a0},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - st05120h
AU  - Stothers, R. B.
PY  - 1984
TI  - Mass extinctions and missing matter
JA  - Nature
VL  - 311
SP  - 17
DO  - 10.1038/311017a0
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