Most of these writers don't take into account the fact that vast numbers of other creatures died out at the same time as dinosaurs, which rules out most of their theories. The Yucatan meteor seems to be the most plausible explanation. The world-wide coating of iridium at precisely the geologic level in which the dinosaurs vanish is hard to dispute.
The generally accepted scientific belief is that it was an asteroidal impact around 65 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs. One of the ways they proved this is that they found the impact crater in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, and dated some of the material (namely, Iridium) to around 65 million years ago.
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Posted 09 October 2005 - 04:44 PM
It would be harder for a virus to kill off the dinosaurs than it would to kill off humans because we have very easy methods of travel, and can spread the flu from continent to continent, while Dinosaurs can not. Humans are also very social creatures, and we interact with eachother more so than dinosaurs would have. If the dinosaurs were able to run 300 miles per hour, and walk 100 mph, then the virus would have been easily transfered and this theory would be plosable.