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Monday, July 28, 2014

New Research Says: Asteroid Last Straw for Dinosaurs

Research out of the University of Edinburgh suggests that the massive asteroid that slammed into the ocean off Mexico was the very last straw for dinosaurs. It seems the climate was already causing serious difficulty for the guys at the top of the food chain 65 million years back. It seems for some time there had been trouble with Earth's environment. Increased volcanic activity was causing fluctuations in both temperature and water levels. The food chain was seriously stressed with less variety among the species when the mountain fell from the sky.

Seriously stressed already, unable to rely on their environment completely, the dinosaurs were faced with earthquakes, wildfires, tsunamis, sudden temperature swings, other unpredictable environmental spin offs, and dust covering 80% of the planet. It sucked to be a dinosaur just then.

In the end, it was the worst possible timing for the reptile rulers of Earth. It was all too much and extinction was the name of the new game. That of course made room for us, those little tiny mammals always underfoot.

Then again, we should take heed of this new finding. Replace volcanic activity with pollution from the industrial age and the pre-asteroid strike ancient Earth's environment sounds a lot like our own in the twenty-first century. We had better hope there is no asteroid out there ... no large mountain-sized one that is ... with our name on it. It looks like we are set up for the same bad timing, last straw moment as the previous dominant denizens of the planet. In the meantime, we better work hard on fixing the damage we've done just in case that next massive asteroid does happen along. It would be nice if we had one or two extra straws available, don't you think? 

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