What Caused the Exitnction of Dinosaurs on the Earth?

By Jim Campbell

April 5th, 2020

Excellent question theories abound.

Theories abound, but remember they are just that, theories, questions and observations.

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The Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, or the K-T event, will this be ours?

Likely not, though late in responding we now see the government working with a WWII-like Hurlean effort to rise to the occasion to development of probable treatments, vaccines; [Who knows? It’s all supposition at this time.]

Enter Chris Wallace with and interview wit Bill Gates on the topics.

Bill Gates is a worldwide philanthropist and billionaire from the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation.

Wallace poses more unanswerable questions.

Equally important, is what will the world have learned and will it be its response to it?

Will we become the earth’s next dinosaurs or will we learn anything from what has seized the attention of the world today?

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The Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, or the K-T event, is the name given to the die-off of the dinosaurs and other species that took place some 65.5 million years ago.

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For many years, paleontologists believed this event was caused by climate and geological changes that interrupted the dinosaurs’ food supply.

However, in the 1980s, father-and-son scientists Luis (1911-88) and Walter Alvarez (1940-) 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.

In the 1990s, scientists located the massive Chicxulub Crater at the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, which dates to the period in question.

Many Theories, No Proof

Dinosaurs roamed the earth for 160 million years until their sudden demise some 65.5 million years ago, in an event now known as the Cretaceous-Tertiary, or K-T, extinction event.

(“K” is the abbreviation for Cretaceous, which is associated with the German word “Kreidezeit.”)

Besides dinosaurs, many other species of mammals, amphibians, and plants died out at the same time.

Over the years, paleontologists have proposed several theories for this extensive die-off. One early theory was that small mammals ate dinosaur eggs, thereby reducing the dinosaur population until it became unsustainable.

Another theory was that dinosaurs’ bodies became too big to be operated by their small brains.

Some scientists believed a great plague decimated the dinosaur population and then spread to the animals that feasted on their carcasses.

Starvation was another possibility: Large dinosaurs required vast amounts of food and could have stripped bare all the vegetation in their habitat.

But many of these theories are easily dismissed.

If dinosaurs’ brains were too small to be adaptive, they would not have flourished for 160 million years.

Also, plants do not have brains nor do they suffer from the same diseases as animals, so their simultaneous extinction makes these theories less plausible.

Did you know? The K-T extinction was not the first such massive die-off in history, nor was it the largest.

The Permian-Triassic extinction event, known as the Great Dying, occurred 251.4 million years ago and eradicated 96 percent of all marine species and 70 percent of all terrestrial vertebrates species on earth.

For many years, climate change was the most credible explanation for the dinosaurs’ demise. Dinosaurs thrived in the planet’s consistently humid, tropical climate.

But in the late Mesozoic Era that corresponds with the extinction of the dinosaurs, evidence shows that the planet slowly became cooler.

Lower temperatures caused ice to form over the North and South poles and the oceans to become colder.

Because the dinosaurs were cold-blooded–meaning they obtained body heat from the sun and the air–they would not have been able to survive in significantly colder climates.

Yet some species of cold-blooded animals, such as crocodiles, did manage to survive. Also, climate change would have taken tens of thousands of years, giving the dinosaurs sufficient time to adapt.

It Came From Outer Space

In 1956, Russian astronomer Joseph Shklovsky (1916-85) became the first scientist to consider the extinction was due to a single catastrophic event when he theorized that a supernova (the explosion of a dying star) showered the earth in radiation that could have killed the dinosaurs.

Once again, the problem with the theory was explaining why dinosaurs died out and other species did not.

Also, scientists said that such an event would have left evidence on the surface of the earth–trace amounts of radiation dating back to the Cretaceous Period. None was found.

Enter Luis Alvarez, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, inventor and pioneer in the field of radiation and nuclear research.

He and his son, noted geologist Walter Alvarez, were conducting research in Italy when they discovered a centimeter-thick layer of iridium-enriched clay at the K-T boundary.

Iridium is rare on earth, but more common in space.

The Alvarezes published their findings in 1981, postulating that the thin layer of iridium was deposited following the impact of a large meteor, comet or asteroid with the earth.

Furthermore, this bolide impact (the meteor, comet or asteroid colliding with the earth’s surface) could have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

At the time, the Alvarez theory was so far removed from prevailing hypotheses that it was ridiculed.

Slowly, though, other scientists began finding iridium evidence at various places around the globe that corroborated the Alvarez theory.

There was, however, no smoking gun in the form of an impact site.

Then in 1991, a massive meteor crater 110 miles in diameter was discovered on the edge of the Yucatán Peninsula, extending into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Chicxulub Crater, as it was dubbed, was named for a nearby village.

Scientists believe the bolide that formed it was roughly 6 miles in diameter, struck the earth at 40,000 miles per hour and released 2 million times more energy than the most powerful nuclear bomb ever detonated.

The heat would have broiled the earth’s surface, ignited wildfires worldwide and plunged the planet into darkness as debris clouded the atmosphere.

Miles-high tsunamis would have washed over the continents, drowning many forms of life. Shock waves would have triggered earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The resulting darkness could have lasted for months, possibly years.

It would have plunged the earth’s temperatures into the freezing zone, killing plants and leaving herbivores with nothing to eat.

Many dinosaurs would have died within weeks.

The carnivores who feasted on the herbivores would have died a month or two later.

Overall, the loss of biodiversity would have been tremendous.

Only small scavenging mammals that could burrow into the ground and eat whatever remained would have survived.

The iridium layer plus the Chicxulub Crater was evidence enough to convince many scientists that the bolide impact theory was credible.

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On the Yucatan peninsula

It explained much of what previous theories could not.

Still a Theory

Paleontology remains a competitive discipline even though its central mystery appears to have been solved.

Agreement over dinosaur extinction is far from unanimous, and fossils continue to be found that add to the body of knowledge about how the dinosaurs lived and died.

Only recently have birds been identified as descendants of the dinosaurs, and theories regarding dinosaur intelligence and behavior continue to change.

Even long-established truths such as dinosaurs’ cold-bloodedness are open for debate. The climate change theory still holds sway over some scientists, who refute that the Chicxulub impact was the sole cause of the extinction.

Evidence from the 65-million-year-old lava flows in India hint that a giant, gaseous volcanic plume might have initiated global climate change that threatened the dinosaurs.

Scientists’ continued research will help paint a more detailed picture of the ever-changing, ever-evolving planet.

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China is an Assho!

They make the world sick then rush to sell PPE supplies (masks, gloves, gowns, goggles, etc) at opportunistically higher prices, (that increase sometimes before orders can even ship*), in response to markets frantic for supplies.


*Orders shipping via China air are being bought on the runway, out from under the intended recipients.
Its dog eats dog.

[I know this because of my friendship with someone who sources these materials from China every day.]

Cash money talks, period.

Don’t like the broken promises?

Sorry, try somewhere else.

And there is no somewhere else. China IS Asshoe.

THE END

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5 Responses to What Caused the Exitnction of Dinosaurs on the Earth?

  1. Doug Walker says:

    Pre-dem/commies ate the dinosaurs !!!

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  2. Disclosure is coming! says:

    There are the various theories and of course some facts about certain things that can be seen and analyzed. The “science” of the earth has been and remains in a state of transformation. As time has past and the various scientists have discovered new information there have been big changes on the “Theories” about the age of our planet and its history.

    There are things that happen on earth that amaze the average person. Tectonic Plates is one of these things. The earths surface is composed of these tectonic plates and they are moving. This interesting phenomena did not become a science until 1967 so that once this was agreed to then all theories changes because of the new evidence. In the not too distant past explorers discovered and ancient village in Africa that was determined to be 150,000 to 250,000 years old. This village was constructed by people which established new theories about how long man had been on earth.

    The Theory of Evolution has now been challenged and the question of the diverse nature of people is in debate as to where did people actually come from. With the relatively recent discovery of the solar systems and different galaxies it is reasonable that there are many planets with some form of life. b This subject has been the subject of recent disclosures about science and what is actually known about the origins of mankind.

    This information then opens the debate as to the Hollow Earth Theory. According to various sources, there will be disclosure of much of this information in the very near future – less than a year.

    The recent disclosure of a complex tunnel system around the world has been discussed on the internet. Google David Adair and his stories are amazing! President Trump has now formed the Space Force as a full fledged Military organization. There certainly is a reason for this new military organization!

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