What Killed Off the Dinosaurs

What occasionally amazes me is how little we know about many things in the world’s past.

When I was in Egypt years ago, every guide had a different story as to how the pyramids were built.

My late father had to me a rather profound observation years ago: “Other than electricity we’ve been been pretty much the same since the ancient times.”

Think about every modern conveyance that requires electricity. Just about everything.

Paleontologists know that the dinosaurs all disappeared quickly – but how and why has been one of the world’s mysteries.  That mystery may have just been solved.

Drilling into the seafloor off Mexico, scientists have extracted a unique geologic record of the single worst day in the history of life on Earth, when a city-sized asteroid smashed into the planet 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs and three-quarters of all other life.

Their analysis of these new rock samples from the Chicxulub crater, made public Monday, reveals a parfait of debris deposited in layers almost minute-by-minute at the heart of the impact during the first day of a global catastrophe. It records traces of the explosive melting, massive earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and wildfires as the immense asteroid blasted a hole 100 miles wide and 12 miles deep, the scientists said.

The sediments also offer chemical evidence that the cataclysm blew hundreds of billions of tons of sulfur from pulverized ocean rock into the atmosphere, triggering a global winter in which temperatures world-wide dropped by as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit for decades, the scientists said.

Now, the mystery is how did the temperature drop kill off the dinosaurs?

I had “assumed”, being reptiles, that they were cold blooded and their bodies couldn’t adapt to the cold temperatures.

Apparently that’s not necessarily so.

Did the temperature drop kill off their food supply?


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2 responses to “What Killed Off the Dinosaurs

  1. D Wesson

    The crap in the atmosphere reduced the available sun, which reduced the plant life, which reduced the herbivores, which reduced the carnivores. The temperature drop probably didn’t do anything good for any animal laying eggs, with the exception of birds. All in all, a perfect Domino Effect.

    • Jonathan

      Exactly, available food was VASTLY reduced, a reduction that hit those who needed a lot of it the hardest.

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