NEW YORK, NY – Scientists have reached a conclusion in what caused the demise of the dinosaur!
According to a panel of 41 experts from around the world, a massive asteroid caused the extinction of dinosaurs and not a volcanic eruption. The international panel of top scientists will lay to rest a long-running discussion over what was to blame for the massive reptiles’ extinction.
According to scientists, the massive asteroid event wiped out more than half of all species on the planet, including the dinosaurs and some large marine reptiles. The catastrophic event opened the path for mammals to become Earth’s dominant species.
The asteroid was believed to be 15km wide and hit the planet around 65 million years ago with a force one billion times more powerful than the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. The impact set off a nasty chain off events in which massive wildfires were set, forests were knocked down worldwide, massive tsunamis were caused and earthquakes of magnitude 11 or larger were felt.
Opinion was split on the cause, with many arguing that it was volcanic activity that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. The volcanic activity was in the Deccan Traps in what is now India, where a series of super volcanic eruptions lasted around 1.5 million years.
The distinguished panel of scientists analyzed 20 years of work by paleontologists, geochemists, climate modelers, geophysicists and sedimentologists to conclude their new study. Seeing as how the event destroyed both land and marine ecosystems, an asteroid impact was the only plausible explanation.
Dr. Joanna Morgan, co-author of the review from Imperial College London, said: “We now have great confidence that an as asteroid was the cause of the Cretaceous-Tertiary (KT) extinction.”