Did you know that the dinosaurs almost survived? This means, they never would have been extinct. New research is showing how they came so close, in fact, only minutes away from continuing to live. In this blog post, we are going to try our best to briefly answer the question of how did the dinosaurs go extinct.
A new BBC documentary is proving how dinosaurs almost escaped going extinct. They make some great points throughout it and make us think even more. It’s easy for us today since we know the result, however, it really makes you realize the world could be completely different if only a couple small things were different 66 million years ago.
So, that brings us to the question; how did the dinosaurs go extinct and what would have happened if they never did?
If we look at this in today’s perspective. If the same things that happened millions of years ago happened today, would the same result happen? An asteroid hit Yucatan. Today, that rock would not have hit many areas that had limestone which then evaporated into the ocean which had a lot of carbon dioxide in it. This caused the planet to rotate. If the earth did not rotate at that exact time, the outcome would not have been the same. This means, by only a couple minutes, the outcome would have been completely different.
This impact happened off of Mexico and went for 20 miles deep. Scientists have stated that the area looks totally different. Therefore, the same reaction would not happen today as it did millions of years ago. Scientists need to prove their research. In order to do this, they drilled into the rock which was under the seafloor. It took 15 years to do this and many approved grants in order to come up with the funding for this project and research.
One of the main reasons why this project ended up getting funding is because it really does prove a lot about the history of earth. It also got picked up by specific grants because it was a special project unlike any others out there.
This is not the only theory on why dinosaurs no longer were on planet earth, however, this is the most popular. By proving this however, this was able to tell us a lot more about history. It also ended up teaching scientists and listeners more about a number of things. The first is that we can better understand what the crater looked like and how it hit. The second is that we can find out what kind of material went into the air which caused dinosaurs to become extinct. The final reason is because by finding out more about the past we can learn more about the future, and also ways to prevent certain events to occur.
In order for the research project to conclude, the scientists drilled for 8-weeks and went through hundreds of rocks. All of this was also included in the documentary. Although many documentaries talk about the theories that could have happened to make dinosaurs extinct, what makes this one unique is you follow the scientists in and learn exactly what they are discovering for the first time and why this is so critical.
We hope you learned more about why dinosaurs became extinct. If you have not already watched the BBC documentary, make sure you do so so that you can learn more about history and educate yourself. Enjoy the show.