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Napier. "Palaeolithic extinctions and the Taurid Complex". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Vol. 405
[pp. 1901--1906]


Intersection with the debris of a large (50-100km) short-period comet during the Upper Palaeolithic provides a satisfactory explanation for the catastrophe of celestial origin which has been postulated to have occurred around 12900 BP, and which presaged a return to ice age conditions of duration ~1300yr. The Taurid Complex appears to be the debris of this erstwhile comet; it includes at least 19 of the brightest near-Earth objects. Subkilometre bodies in meteor streams may present the greatest regional impact hazard on time-scales of human concern.

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