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Dating pinpoints volcanoes that killed half of species, split continents.

New techniques for dating rocks have helped narrow the time frame of a chain of massive volcanic eruptions that wiped out half of the world’s species 200 million years ago, a study said Thursday.

The result is the most precise date yet — 201,564,000 years ago — for the event, which is known as the Triassic-Jurassic extinction event, said the study, published in the journal Science. The event was the fourth mass extinction in the history of our planet.

The eruptions “had to be a hell of an event,” said coauthor Dennis Kent, an expert on paleomagnetism at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
They may offer a historic parallel to the human-caused climate change happening today, by showing how sharp increases in carbon dioxide can outpace vulnerable species’ ability to adapt, researchers said.

The new analysis narrows the estimated date from its previous range of up to 3 million years to just 20,000 years at most — a blink of an eye in geological terms.

The eruptions caused an already hot Earth to become even more stifling, killing off plants and animals and making way for the age of the dinosaurs — before they, too, were eventually obliterated some 65 million years ago, possibly by another volcanic event combined with a devastating meteor strike.

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Renee Zellweger dating Sheryl Crow’s ex-boyfriend.

RENEE Zellweger is dating Sheryl Crow’s ex-boyfriend.
The Bridget Jones star was spotted giving guitarist Doyle Bramhall II a kiss on the lips in Los Angeles earlier this week.
The 43-year-old musician dated singer Sheryl last year, but now seems to have moved on with the blonde actress.
The couple were snapped looking loved up as they walked through LAX airport in matching black coats, teamed with shades and jeans.According to an insider, the romance has been brewing for some time.”They went to college together,” a source told Us Weekly.
“It’s going really well.”Renée’s dating history includes a string of famous men, such as The White Stripes singer Jack White and funny man Jim Carrey.The Chicago star was famously married to Kenny Chesney for just five months in 2005, after citing fraud as the grounds for divorce.
A two-year relationship with gorgeous actor Bradley Cooper followed, but the pair parted ways last year.Sheryl also has a longstanding history with Doyle.
The two were friends for 15 years before dating and met on tour, where Doyle was her guitarist.