The Top Ten are not numbered but #4 from the top is “Dinosaurs Weren’t in Decline When the Asteroid Hit. The thing that still puzzles many of us is, if dinosaurs weren’t in decline, why did they ALL die out?
From The Guardian: Their date is based partly on their depictions of now-extinct ice age animals, such as the mastodon, a prehistoric relative of the elephant that hasn’t roamed South America for at least 12,000 years. There are also images of the palaeolama, an extinct camelid, as well as giant sloths and ice age horses.
We are told no. But just a minute. According to the story, some dinos evolved into birds. If so, massive changes ARE possible. It’s not clear why changed circumstances could not cause some of those changes to be reversed.
Dvorsky: Should Apophis crash into Earth, it would unleash the equivalent of 1,150 megatons of TNT, in an event 3,800 times more powerful than the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima.
Other researchers have offered some caution about the assumption that climate change is the cause, in part because of the sparseness of the fossil record.
Thought extinct but spotted at a military training base.
The interesting part will be to see whether—if both the animals and the environment have changed—reintroduction or recreation from advanced genomic techniques produces a viable independent species or a species that humans must indefinitely maintain.
Eventually, there will be more explanations for the demise of the Neanderthals as a separate group than there were Neanderthals. But never mind, the series has plenty of episodes to run in the meantime.
Researchers: Beaked birds had the advantage that they could live on seeds from destroyed forests until new vegetation grew again.
Okay but, seriously, if this data is correct, how would we know the extinction WASN’T fine-tuned?
Apparently, the platypus ended up inheriting the lot.
t Phjys.org: Now, a research team from Imperial College London, the University of Bristol and University College London has shown that only the asteroid impact could have created conditions that were unfavourable for dinosaurs across the globe.
Because of environment concern today, species are often reported as extinct that actually aren’t. They just stay out of the way of humans.
BBC: Its discovery challenges previous assumptions that mammals were generally very small – the size of mice – at this point in their evolutionary history.
New paper poses a serious challenge to the schoolroom Darwin industry. You know, one day, the study of evolution might be interesting, like the study of history. Prying the Darwin lobby and its propaganda loose from positions of power is a necessary first step.