Yeah, you bet, guys. Better get back to the drawing board. I wonder what a global flood would do to the dinosaurs? And what of those who made it through the flood? I wonder: if there were big lizards that were a threat to humans, what would humans do to them? Would they hunt them down until they were largely extinct? I wonder... Things that make you go "hmmmmm"...
LONDON – A giant asteroid smashing into Earth is the only plausible explanation for the extinction of the dinosaurs, a global scientific team said on Thursday, hoping to settle a row that has divided experts for decades.
A panel of 41 scientists from across the world reviewed 20 years' worth of research to try to confirm the cause of the so-called Cretaceous-Tertiary (KT) extinction, which created a "hellish environment" around 65 million years ago and wiped out more than half of all species on the planet.
Scientific opinion was split over whether the extinction was caused by an asteroid or by volcanic activity in the Deccan Traps in what is now India, where there were a series of super volcanic eruptions that lasted around 1.5 million years.
The new study, conducted by scientists from Europe, the United States, Mexico, Canada and Japan and published in the journal Science, found that a 9-miles wide asteroid slamming into Earth at Chicxulub in what is now Mexico was the culprit.