Friday, March 5, 2010

Dinosaurs never saw it coming...

A giant asteroid smashing into Earth is the only plausible explanation for the extinction of the dinosaurs, a global scientific team said on Thursday, hoping to settle a row that has divided experts for decades.

A panel of 41 scientists from across the world reviewed 20 years' worth of research to try to confirm the cause of the so-called Cretaceous-Tertiary (KT) extinction, which created a "hellish environment" around 65 million years ago and wiped out more than half of all species on the planet.

Scientific opinion was split over whether the extinction was caused by an asteroid or by volcanic activity in the Deccan Traps in what is now India, where there were a series of super volcanic eruptions that lasted around 1.5 million years.
So the asteroid is the ONLY plausible explanation. There is not one other?!

and only 41 people were at the discussion...41!! that's smaller than a football team!

but then another possible explanation is volcanic activity.

This is just bad journalism. Which one is it, folks?
Geological records show the event that triggered the dinosaurs' demise rapidly destroyed marine and land ecosystems, they said, and the asteroid hit "is the only plausible explanation for this."
Well I don't think it's safe to land on just one "plausible" explanation.
Plausible: having an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; credible; believable

appear... seeming... believable... all have a degree of subjectivity.

And in the case of dinosaurs and science/evolution claims and the history of the Earth- so much of which is really unknown to us, I don't think there should ever be one explanation. It's unhealthy and it discourages creative theories and future research.

Besides, what if God just decided to put them all to sleep and bury them beneath us one day? Maybe he got tired of Sue stomping around and was ready to hang out with Adam.

If you're a believer, that's plausible too.

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