Researchers searching for evidence

Scientists solved the mystery about the great mass extinction after a visit to Stevns Klint. Read more

Where is the Fish Clay?

Stevns Klint is famous for the Fish Clay, but it is hard to find. Read more

Then an asteroid hit Earth

Half of all animal species became extinct, including the dinosaurs.

65.5 million years ago, an asteroid smashed into Earth, and the dinosaurs and half of all animal species became extinct. However, life on Earth continued after the cataclysm.

Life on Earth has been struck by mass extinction several times. There have been minor cases of mass extinction at least 17 times, and five times, half of all life on Earth has become extinct.

The second-largest mass extinction started 65.5 million years ago, when an asteroid hit Earth, and the dinosaurs and half of all animal species on Earth became extinct. This is the event that we can see traces of in the so-called Fish Clay layer in Stevns Klint.

Each time Earth has been struck by mass extinction, the surviving species have quickly repopulated Earth. This also happened after the great mass extinction 65.5 million years ago, where mammals such as mice and rats were among the surviving animals.