posted on May, 18 2004 @ 10:04 AM
Well many of you have been told growing up that the dinosaurs were most probably all killed by the killer asteroid (You know the theme of movies such
as Armagedden and Deap Impact). Well According to Dr Rosalind White, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, and Professor Andrew Saunders,
both of the University of Leicester Department of Geology, a "deap impact" may not be enough to destroy and entire ecosystem to cause an ELE.
According to there research in order to cause a global mass extinction you are going to need an asteroid the size of texas and floods of lava (sound
like fun yet?) at the same time.
According to popular scientific views there are supposed to have been 3 such wipe-outs, as it were, in the history of the blue marble. The scientists
stated that according to their reasearch that the likelyhood of both events happening at the same time is "likely" (although they did not divulge
how they came to this figure, they are supposed to later in the year in the geological journal Lithos). I look foward to examing exactly how
"likely" it is but I will save that for another post but for now it seems we can fear the big bad asteroid just a little less.