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Impacts by Meteorites
e) Impacts by meteorites represent one mechanism that could cause global catastrophes and seriously influence the evolution of life all over the planet.
c) Such a perspective fundamentally changes our view of biological evolution.
a) The standard criterion for the survival of a species is its success in competing with other species and adapting to slowly changing environments.
b) Yet an equally important criterion is the ability of a species to survive random global ecological catastrophes due to impacts.
d) According to some estimates, the majority of all extinctions of species may be due to such impacts.