So what killed the dinosaurs?
The world used to be governed by some beautiful beasts. Some were small and some were gigantic. Some were slow and some were sprinters - some were sociable and some were hunters. But for all of their magical differences, they have one thing in common - they are now extinct. Whilst other animals, such as sharks, frogs and mammals, managed to survive, these mystical creatures perished. But how did the dinosaurs die? Let’s explore some of the theories.
The most popular theory is that of the 10 kilometre-wide meteorite. Many scientists believe this meteorite exploded into the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, wreaking havoc across the globe. From forest fires to sprawling tsunamis and an unforgiving ‘winter' - in which dust blocked out the sun for months or even years - it was thought that the dinosaurs were no match for the gigantic intruder and its consequences.
This theory is a result of ancient evidence in the form of a thin layer of rock. 65 million years old, it originates from the time period which is recognised for the extinction of the dinosaurs. Contained within this layer of rock is a high concentration of Iridium - believed to have come from the infamous meteorite. But many other scientists propose a different theory.
Yes Iridium is found in meteorites, but it is also found deep in the Earth’s core. Some say this core exploded out across the land, flooding over 1 million square miles of India with thick magma. This sprawling vulture would have covered the world in Iridum, causing unbearable greenhouse gases and unavoidable dust. This volcanism has also been stamped as having taken place 65 million years ago - placing it as a prime suspect for the dinosaur extinction.
A third, more general theory is that there was a gradual shift in the earth’s climate, including rising sea levels and and the introduction of incredibly-toxic acid rain. Many do, however, question these factors as other creatures managed to survive. How did acid rain terrorize the tyrannical T-Rex but not affect the little frogs? How did the giant Stegosaurus succumb to rising sea levels, but the humble mammal did not? Well perhaps the answer is in our fourth and final theory…
The Dinosaurs Danced Themselves To Death
It is common knowledge that dinosaurs loved to dance. What the T-Rex lacked in length of arm, it made up for with quick-feet and some bold hip action. It was especially fond of the running-man - a move thought to have been created by human but it is actually millions of years old. The Pachycephalosaurus also loved a night out, cutting some shapes in style with a top hat and cane. But the real show-stopper was always the Triceratops. Renowned for their ability to feel the beat, the Triceratops was always centre of the dancefloor. Their particular favourite was their rendition of Saturday Night Fever - where do you think we got the idea from?
Unfortunately, the dinosaurs loved dancing so much that they forgot to stop. They danced right into the night as the world around them dissolved at the hand of the meteorite. Perhaps they could have stopped the destruction or migrated away, but unfortunately, they were too busy busting a move to notice. And the rest was history.
It seems we know when the dinosaurs died - 65 million years ago, categorised by Scientists as the end of the Cretaceous period and the beginning of the Paleogene. But perhaps the cause will remain a mystery. We can have our guesses and our theories, but we will never know for sure. What we can do, is remember them and celebrate the dinosaurs for their many talents - first and foremost, their ability to dance.