The Chicxulub impact structure exhibits asymmetries in its geophysical signatures that closely resemble asymmetries produced by oblique impacts in laboratory experiments and recognized on planetary surfaces. These asymmetric signatures suggest a trajectory for the Chicxulub bolide from the southeast to the northwest at a 20°–30° angle from the horizontal. As a result, biotic extinctions may have been most severe and catastrophic in the Northern Hemisphere. Geographic variation in the magnitude of the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) “fern spike” and palynofloral extinctions are consistent with the proposed trajectory.
- Geological Society of America