Preserved flora and organics in impact melt breccias

  title={Preserved flora and organics in impact melt breccias},
  author={Peter H. Schultz and R. S. Harris and Simon J. Clemett and Kathie Louise Thomas-Keprta and Marcelo Ar{\'i}stides Z{\'a}rate},
Impact cratering can destroy life from local to global scales and result in sudden turnovers of dominant genera and/or species. Here we report that it can also preserve components of the local biology present at the time of impact. We have investigated floral matter encapsulated within Cenozoic Era impact glasses produced by separate bolide impacts into the loessoid sediments of Argentina that occurred between 9.2 Ma (Miocene) and 6 ka (Holocene). The encapsulation preserved not only macro… 

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