Layered asteroids are asteroids with different layers.
Lots of layered asteroidsEdit
This is an article about space. There are many asteroids, especially big asteroids, that have heavy element cores and lighter element outer layers, just like planets. It is common that asteroids are shattered into pieces, and pieces of shattered layered asteroids obviously comes from only one layer, just like pieces of planets blown into space. This means that their chemical element signature is not that of undifferentiated asteroids. And since undifferentiated asteroids are the standard by which traditional geology identifies asteroids that have once hit Earth (chemical signatures like "the iridium signature"), lots of asteroid impacts are therefore unknown. The low asteroid impact rate in present time can be explained by impacts being concentrated to time periods when a big asteroid have been recently shattered (and big asteroids tend to be layered).
The fact that many asteroid impacts hitting Earth are undetected means that Earth have been hit by far more asteroids than previously thought. This means that asteroids may well have added major amounts of mass to Earth over millions of years. This means that Earth's gravity have increased significantly over geological time. Weaker gravity in the distant geological past can explain giant land animals (like big dinosaurs) and really big fliers (like big pterosaurs) in the distant geological past.