It’s one of the most intriguing questions we ask about the Earth’s past. For millions of years, dinosaurs ruled the planet, their size and scariness making them one of the most endearing symbols of our origins and the history of our world. Then, as if in an instant, they were gone. Extinct. No longer around (and long gone by the time man started showing up – sorry Flintstone lovers out there). For a long time, plagues and famines were blamed. Then a new theory was postulated, and since then, it’s become the norm.
Now a new scientific study wants to alter the whole “asteroid destroyed the dinos” ideal. Instead, a similar idea is being explored, with a different reaction hoping to rewrite the standard hypothesis. Originally, the concept was that a massive space rock hit the planet, causing a massive global climate change, clouds of sulphuric acid, and death to almost everything in its path. But now, a new outcome is being discussed, and that’s because certain species related to their prehistoric brethren survived such a crash. The why has been what’s troubled scholars ever since.
It’s The End Of The Prehistoric World As We Know It
Now, oil may be the culprit. According to a new report, the asteroid may have hit in Mexico, releasing a lethal cloud to anything above ground. This meant that animals such as alligators and crocodiles, and other recognized dino-relatives, escaped their familial fate by being able to burrow underground (or underwater) to avoid the effects. This is why they were saved and the T-Rex was not. Or so they say…now. Interesting, right?