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Dinosaurs 'were wiped out by volcanoes in India'

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posted on May, 18 2009 @ 11:12 AM
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Dinosaurs


www.telegraph.co.uk

Professor Gerta Kellera, a geologist at Princeton University, New Jersey, says fossilised traces of plants and animals dug out of low lying hills at El Penon in north east Mexico show this event happened 300,000 years after the dinosaurs disappeared.

Prof Keller believes instead that volcanoes might have killed the dinosaurs.

"Now we find that another catastrophe, which is Deccan Volcanism, which has not had much attention paid to it, may be the real culprit," she said.

The volcanic
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posted on May, 18 2009 @ 11:12 AM
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This is interesting, it shows how little we know and how what is taught in school is often depicted as fact when it's only theory.

This literally changes what so many have thought for decades.
Yes many people knew it was only theory, but how many people have you bumped into thought it was fact?

Now the only question is what happened to the giant lions?
And what about Teradactyls, they were capable of flight and could have avoided the volcanic rections no?

EDIT: We are all alive thanks to India!




lol
just kiddin

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posted on May, 18 2009 @ 02:30 PM
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The deccans traps were an after effect of the chixalub impact.


an abstract on antipodal hot spot pairs.

adsabs.harvard.edu...&PSL.236...13H

Essentially when a large body impacts the sea floor much of the energy is absorbed by the earth and transformed into siesmic waves.
As compared to a continental strike where much of the energy is reflected back into space.
The seismic waves travel trough the earth and are focused on the opposite side, where they cause a mantle plume that will subsequently form a large igneous province, such as the deccan traps.

The siberian traps are the antipodal hotspot for the impact that caused the permian extinction.

The eruption of the deccan traps sealed the fate of the dinosaurs but without the chixalub impact they never would have formed.



posted on May, 18 2009 @ 02:45 PM
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Fairly interesting. Another theory to ponder on the extinction of dinosaurs. Nice find!



posted on May, 18 2009 @ 02:50 PM
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They're still guessing. Every few years another "enlightened" theory is brought to the forefront and trotted out to the mainstream academia and general populace.

The truth is, they don't know.

Most likely, the demise of these large creatures was a combination of many elements. Volcanic activity can reduce global temperatures, impacts by meteors, comets, and asteroids can of course create their own contribution.

Sun activity variations can contribute.

Disease.

Or one hell of a hunting party.



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