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Learning more about the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs

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It was “six miles wide” and when it hit 66 million years ago, abruptly ending the Cretaceous period, it hollowed out a crater 18 miles deep. But that’s not all:

Some of the ejecta escaped Earth’s gravitational pull and went into irregular orbits around the sun. Over millions of years, bits of it found their way to other planets and moons in the solar system. Mars was eventually strewn with the debris—just as pieces of Mars, knocked aloft by ancient asteroid impacts, have been found on Earth. A 2013 study in the journal Astrobiology estimated that tens of thousands of pounds of impact rubble may have landed on Titan, a moon of Saturn, and on Europa and Callisto, which orbit Jupiter—three satellites that scientists believe may have promising habitats for life. Mathematical models indicate that at least some of this vagabond debris still harbored living microbes. The asteroid may have sown life throughout the solar system, even as it ravaged life on Earth.

The asteroid was vaporized on impact. Its substance, mingling with vaporized Earth rock, formed a fiery plume, which reached halfway to the moon before collapsing in a pillar of incandescent dust. Computer models suggest that the atmosphere within fifteen hundred miles of ground zero became red hot from the debris storm, triggering gigantic forest fires. As the Earth rotated, the airborne material converged at the opposite side of the planet, where it fell and set fire to the entire Indian subcontinent. Measurements of the layer of ash and soot that eventually coated the Earth indicate that fires consumed about seventy per cent of the world’s forests. Meanwhile, giant tsunamis resulting from the impact churned across the Gulf of Mexico, tearing up coastlines, sometimes peeling up hundreds of feet of rock, pushing debris inland and then sucking it back out into deep water, leaving jumbled deposits that oilmen sometimes encounter in the course of deep-sea drilling.Douglas Preston, “The day the dinosaurs died” at New Yorker

If the ejecta traveled so far, perhaps crises of this type might help explain some of the odd genomes we encounter.

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One approach to the extinction is “dino diminuendo” — they were dying out anyway; the asteroid deep-sixed them much quicker. See, for example:

Smithsonian: The Asteroid Strike Was Only One Factor In Dinosaur Extinction

The Atlantic: “Nastiest feud in science” erupts over dinosaur extinction theory

In the past, the field has been littered with speculations such as that dinosaurs were dumber than mammals and did not look after their young. But we now know that some dinosaurs did look after their young and that the capacity to do so is much older than formerly thought. Also that placental mammals are not uniformly smarter than all other life forms.

Extinction: Had the dinosaurs been dying out before the big K-T extinction?

Dino diminuendo (They were dying out before the asteroid hit.) That might help account for why all dinosaurs disappeared but only a large proportion of other vertebrates.

Smoking did not kill the dinosaurs, but dark matter might have contributed

Dinosaurs doomed by egg-laying?

Size helped largest dinos survive longer?

Do mass extinctions happen every 26 million years or so?

Study: Two years’ darkness provides clue to total dinosaur extinction


We can’t understand evolution without understanding stasis and extinction

What we think it must have been like:



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2 Replies to “Learning more about the asteroid that doomed the dinosaurs

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    Pearlman says:

    Per the Moshe Emes series for understanding science the impact/s from the demise of the original single continent formed on day 3 (see volume II SPIRAL cosmological redshift hypothesis and model’s ‘Draw Play’ hypothesis, and the start of The ice ages, were during the 1656 anno mundi ‘Mabul’ mass extinction year so certainly included this impact current deep-time dependent doctrine consensus dated 65M YA but in reality 5779-1657=4123 YA so some of the impact debris may still be moving around in our solar system 🙂

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    vmahuna says:

    Two questions:
    1. If the ENTIRE WORLD was swept by fire storms, how did ANY Life survive?
    2. Where is the huge layer of skeletons from animals killed by the worldwide disasters and then quickly buried in ash?

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