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Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 285, Issue 2, pp 513–520 | Cite as

Giant comets and human culture

  • W.M. Napier
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Abstract

Our understanding of Earth history on geological timescales is in a state of flux due to the realisation in recent years that the Earth is a bombarded planet. However recent findings suggest that a celestial input may also be important on much shorter timescales. Apart from the current hazard, the night sky in prehistoric times appears to have been dominated by a giant, short-period comet and its debris, and interactions with this material may have had a strong influence on human cultural development.

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Mass Extinction Impact Rate Geological Timescale Meteor Shower Meteor Stream 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W.M. Napier
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  1. 1.Armagh ObservatoryUniversity of CardiffArmaghNorthern Ireland

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