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Palaeontology

Did 'bad luck' wipe out the dinosaurs ?

July 28, 2014 | Comment icon 24 comments



The dinosaurs were the victim of colossal bad luck. Image Credit: NASA/Don Davis
Scottish scientists believe that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a series of consecutive disasters.
While there is little doubt that a huge asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous was a major contributing factor in the extinction of the dinosaurs, overall it may have been a run of bad luck, as oppose to any one disaster, that ultimately wiped them out.

In a new study, palaeontologists have determined that the prehistoric world had already been ravaged by a long string of natural and environmental disasters long before the asteroid hit.
Volcanism, fluctuating temperatures and a rising and falling sea level would have all played a part in reducing diversity among the large plant-eating dinosaurs of the age, weakening the overall food chain and making those that survived less resilient to further environmental changes.

By the time the asteroid struck the remaining dinosaurs didn't stand a chance.

"The dinosaurs were victims of colossal bad luck," said geoscientist Dr Steve Brusatte. "Not only did a giant asteroid strike, but it happened at the worst possible time."

Source: Scotsman | Comments (24)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by bobb73 8 years ago
Also the uprising of West Indian lilac was thought to be a cause.
Comment icon #16 Posted by SameerPrehistorica 8 years ago
May be that asteroids cousin will return for Humans.Lol.
Comment icon #17 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
The Dinosaurs must have caused all the volcanic activity and the rising and falling of the oceans, not to mention the temperature variations by not be ecologically-minded. That must be where global warming comes from. The Dinos started it!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Calibeliever 8 years ago
The Dinosaurs must have caused all the volcanic activity and the rising and falling of the oceans, not to mention the temperature variations by not be ecologically-minded. That must be where global warming comes from. The Dinos started it! Dinos - Fossils - Fossil Fuels - CO2 .... I think you're on to something!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Yes_Man 8 years ago
they're lucky coz they will be reborn as humans ...
Comment icon #20 Posted by aquatus1 8 years ago
Sorry, I was reading a few articles on Murphy's Law recently. When I replied, I was thinking in terms of its motto: anything that can go wrong will go wrong. You can wear a scarf adorned with rabbit's feet braided with four leaf clovers only to get caught on an escalator and choke to death. Luck and Irony are the Weasly twins of the anthropomorphic world.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Twin 8 years ago
I thought they were killed by a giant paintball :-(
Comment icon #22 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 8 years ago
Now there's some bad luck! I call those Mondays.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Hawkin 8 years ago
I thought it was a meteor that killed the dinosaurs. That's the most popular theory.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Rei4ever 8 years ago
Did "Badluck" wipe out the dinosaurs? NOPE! Did "God" wipe out the dinosaurs? Absolutely YES!!!


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