It is supposed to cover more than 80 per cent of all the matter in the cosmos.
Professor Rampino, from New York University, and associate Professor Ken Caldeira, from the Carnegie Institution, carried out an investigation of meteor impacts and exterminations using newly accessible data providing more precise age estimates.
They found that six mass destructions connected with the timing of sensitive periods of impact cratering on Earth.
One of the impacts investigated was produced by the large comet or asteroid that hit the Earth 65 million years ago off the Yucatan coast of Mexico and is said to be the reason of dinosaur’s extinction.
Five of the six major impact craters accorded with mass extinction events, said the researchers writing in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Prof Rampino said “The correlation between the formation of these impacts and extinction events over the past 260 million years is striking and suggests a cause-and-effect relationship. This cosmic cycle of death and destruction has without a doubt affected the history of life on our planet.” According to the scientist the next cycle of this mass extinction by impact of a space rock is near.