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SCI/TECH: A Fiery Death for Dinosaurs?

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posted on May, 27 2004 @ 08:13 AM

According to a new report by a team of American geophysicists and geologists, dinosaurs died within a few hours after an asteroid impact, and not months or even years later as was previously believed.

A Fiery Death for Dinosaurs?
In the first few hours after a giant asteroid crashed into the coast of Mexico nearly 65 million years ago, the Earth's atmosphere became so hot that it quickly incinerated any unprotected life on land, according to a new report by a team of American geophysicists and geologists.

The report, which appears in the May-June issue of the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, contradicts the widely accepted theory that the dinosaurs died out over a period of months or years after the asteroid impact at Chicxulub, Mexico. Under that theory, the asteroid impact would have thrown enough dust into the atmosphere to block out the sun, leading to a cold, dark winter that directly reduced the amount of plant life on Earth.

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[Edited on 5-28-2004 by Valhall]

posted on May, 28 2004 @ 05:17 AM
A good friend of mine told me that Dubya didnít like the way a Tírex was looking at him in one of his colouring books so went back in time to nuke em all. The meteor story is just a cover. A 65 million year old conspiracy!

Seriously though, great article. It makes you realise how much we are at the mercy of the randomness of space. It also makes you think about the consequences of Yellowstone Park erupting. Thatís some scary s**t.


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