I wonder if in the following context I can substitue the bold sentence with the further sentence of mine:
In the 1980s, father-and-son scientists Luis and Walter Alvarez discovered in the geological record a distinct layer of iridium–an element found in abundance only in space that corresponds to the precise time the dinosaurs died. This suggests that a comet, asteroid or meteor impact event may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.
I need to know if the substitution of the above and below sentences would change the meaning of the paragraph or something like its formality degree or not.
- ...have extinguished the dinosaurs.
I need to use a single verb to convey this message and dictionaries confirm that the verb "extinguish" can serve it right, but I doubt whether it is common in modrn English or not.
P.S. I've read the similar page on the forum.