New Theory of Dinosaur Extinction: Killed by a Meteor & It’s Officially Official [This Time]


Did a Meteor Kill the Dinosaurs

Reuters has reported that a panel of 41 scientists, presumably in lab coats and hailing from Europe, the United States, Mexico, Canada and Japan, have finally identified the smoking gun behind the extinction of the dinosaurs. Sorting through 20 years worth of research, the panel decreed that a giant asteroid 9 miles wide pounding into the Earth at  Chicxulubi is the only – I repeat – “only plausible explanation” for the extinction of the dinosaurs. Glad that’s settled.

Well, pretty much. And only if you ignore the other theories that have been proposed over the years: that the dinosaurs died because it was too dry, too cold, too hot, too wet. That flowering plants didn’t provide adequate nutrition for the dinosaurs or just didn’t set too well with them. Or pesky poisonous bugs [insects or germs, your pick] got them. Or somebody [or something] poisoned the water hole. Or the meat-eaters ate all of the plant eaters. And then presumably each other. And on and on and on. A change in the Earth’s magnetic field [gravity OFF! oops] or axial tilt. Cosmic rays from a “nearby” supernova. A variant on the red tide phenomenon. Parasites, genetic disorders and mammals eating all of the dino eggs [greedy little varmints!]. The list is endless!

In his book, A New Look at Dinosaurs, Alan Charig listed poison gases, volcanic gases, meteorites, comets, sunspots, God’s will, mass suicide and wars as the most outrageous of dinosaur extinction theories; an irony, since some vulcanism and bolide impact are now the major candidates. Creationists would argue for God’s Will in addition to vulcanism and meteorite impacts.

As a point of irony, these particular lab cotas were only considering two possibilities: Asteroid or vulcanic activity in the Deccan Traps of India. [Surprise!] Why just these two? Because they’re convinced that the iridium evident in the Cretaceous-Tertiary [KT] Boundary is a marker for a planet-wide mass extinction event at the end of the Mesozoic.

So predictably, Joanna Morgan of Imperial College London [co-author of the study], proclaims that “We now have great confidence that an asteroid was the cause of the KT extinction. This triggered large-scale fires, earthquakes measuring more than 10 on the Richter scale, and continental landslides, which created tsunamis.” And of course, tons of material was ejected into the atmosphere, blocking out the sun and plunging the Earth into the aforementioned nuclear winter, killing off most of everything, except the things that fortuitously survived for whatever reason.

This conclusion was not unexpected. The idea that the dinosaurs died off when the Earth plunged into nuclear winter from an asteroid impact was first proposed in 1980. And ever since the Chicxulub Crater [estimated at 110 to 180 miles in diameter] was discovered on Mexico’s Yucutan penninsula in the 1990s, they’ve been trying to convict it of mass extinction.

Interstingly, the KT extinction theory is based on a bit of circular logic: The Mesozoic marks the end of the dinosaurs, but dinosaur-bearing layers are Mesozoic by definition. Huh. And ironically enough, only about 20 iridium sites worldwide are related to dino extinctions. That’s a dearth of evidence.

So am I saying this whole thing is bunk? No. I’m saying they’re not going far enough.

The scenario is sound. It just lacks a key element. It doesn’t take into divine revelation of a worldwide Noachim flood that accounts for a global phenomenon of Flood legends and fossil graveyards where fossils are jumbled together like so much flotsam after a flood, among other things. [Read What the Fossil Record Actually Shows for more of what they fail to take into account.]

The Moon's craters could have been formed by the same heavenly catastrophe that triggered the Noachim Flood

More than one Creation scientist has suggested that meteorite impacts occured during the Noachim Flood and may even have triggered this Cataclysm. This may be what was meant by the Biblical expression, “the windows of heaven were opened.” A joint U.S.-Czech team from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and Charles University in Prague has suggested that the parent object of asteroid (298) Baptistina was hit by another large asteroid, creating numerous large fragments that would later create the Chicxulub crater on the Yucatan Peninsula as well as the prominent Tycho crater found on the Moon. Creationists Carl Froede and Donald deYoung have proposed [and I agree] that a planet broke up between Mars and Jupiter, based on the Titius-Bode relationship, the existence of an asteroid belt in that region [possible detrius left from the planet’s destruction] and evidence of cratering throughout the solar system [again, likely from the break-up of the planet]. They claim that most of these impacts would have occured during  the Flood.  These impacts would have triggered vulcanism and seismic activity [geological instability consistent with the Biblical expression “the fountains of the great deep were broken up]. In turn, this would have led to major tectonic shifts [look up Catastrophic Plate Tectonics if you’re interested in more on what that entails] which would have led to mounains rising and trenches sinking and the whatnot. Tsunamis? Try hypercanes, the proposed mother of all hurricanes. Undersea vulcanism would warm the oceans, which would lead to an Ice Age [eventually]. 

In the meantime, we have the single biggest extinction event in history: a world judged by God. Only Noah, his wife, 6 other humans and the animals aboard the Ark escaped the Flood. Everything else died. The fossil record is a joint record of God’s judgment for sin and a record of the flora and fauna that existed at the time of the Flood. Dinosaurs exist in the fossil record, ergo they existed at the time of Noah and God would have sent him 2 of each kind of dinosaur to bring aboard.

Which means that the KT Boundary didn’t spell the end of the dinosaurs. Any more than it spelled the end of man or dogs or birds. They were brought aboard the Ark and a year and a week later, they left it. The world had changed. Man and nature conspired against their continued survival. But dragon legends and artifacts encountered around the globe suggest that they thrived for a time. There may be yet some survivors in some remote section of the world. 

But, yes, a fat lot of the dinosaurs were killed by a meteor… that triggered a worldwide Flood.

-Sirius Knott

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. rc says:

    As they say on the Internet, “Pics or it didn’t happen!”

    1. Sirius says:

      Pics added!

      Oh. Wait. Those are just drawings…

      Huh? Drawings count as proof of evolution, you say?

      What a relief! ‘Pics’ added!

  2. Matt says:

    I’m reading a fascinating book by Bill Bryson called “A short history of nearly everything.” It goes into length about the KT event, the meteor that may have caused massive extinction. When I looked it up, I found this post. Top google search.

    Everything based in science is debatable, because it is based on evidence that can always be re-interpreted or added to by additional sources.

    If you spent half the time researching the beginnings of the bible you would find so many examples if misinformation, conjecture, yet you confidently tackle these events and hold no doubt on the bible.

    I’m not going to try and dissuade you, because I see it as a pointless exercise, but everything I have spent my life learning has taught me to keep open minded about how we came to be, and especially to never feel certain in answers given that claim to be infallible. Science by its nature will always be up for debate, where the bible, claiming to be the word of God is not.

    You write smugly, and like so many other self-proclaimed pundits to a gathered audience who already believes you. Clearly you are the science expert among your peers, and give them all the ammunition they need to ease their minds.

    I wish I felt so certain about my own grand beliefs, but I find the truth to be a constantly evolving notion that requires daily thought and contemplation.

    I don’t intend to be insulting to you, but I think you are doing a great disservice to yourself by using the tools of logic and reason solely for the purpose of attacking the difficult edges of known science but don’t use those same tools on the one book you claim is gospel. You put the burden on proof to science for something 65 million years ago but you use faith to vindicate events 2000 years ago.

    At the end of the day I treat my fellow man as I would like to be treated, and rarely find a reason, barring self defense, to treat them otherwise. If there is a God, why would I be sent to hell because I simply use the faculties given to me by him/her to think for myself?

    Regardless of our differing opinions I recommend reading that you book anyway. I think you clearly enjoy the stories behind earths history and this one is quite a doozy.

    Cheers,
    Matt

    1. Matt,

      Thank you for the book recomendation.

      It may interest you to know that I rejected the faith of my youth largely due to evolution. I did not come back to Christendom lightly. Like Chesterton, I really did set out to create a heresy of my own, yet when I put the finishing touches on it I found it was orthodoxy. Now you’ve stated that if I spent some time researching the beginnings of the Bible that I would find many examples of misinformation and conjecture. Kindly name one. I know how we got the Bible. I would not have returned to the faith without examining that issue.

      I should point out here that even if I held the Bible by blind faith [and those who know me better, friend or foe, would never accuse me of that], it would have no bearing on my assessment of the KT Boundary event. Stripped of my Creationist POV, they would still stand. They’re only considering 2 options because they’ve already made up their minds about what they think must have happened – and the scientists in question chose the KT meteor theory based on their particular bias. I wonder how much of their conclusions were based on popular opinion and media influence!

      I think it wise not to attempt to dissuade me, but I question how open minded you really are. For example, are you open to the idea that God created everything in 6 days and that the world was covered by a Flood in the days of Noah? Are you open to the idea that God created the world just as He said in the Bible? Not so open minded now!

      I write and speak confidently [smugly??], because I’m convinced of the truth of God’s Word. I’ve participated in radio debate where neither the hosts nor my opponent nor even most of my audience was open-minded to what I had to say. And I still won the debate. I do want to show fellow believers that there are answers to their questions and assure them that they can trust God’s revealed Word. Why wouldn’t I, being fully convinced of its truth?

      The Bible tells me that I shall know the truth and it shall set me free, that I can rightly divide truth from error and that I can have confidence in it. I doubt your world contains so much uncertainty as you would have us believe. I suppose you wish to leave us with the idea that your way of constantly evolving, re-evaluated truth is somehow more intellectually honest. I disagree. Experience testifies to the truth as God’s Word portrays it. The world contains constants and laws and these never change. You don’t get up wondering if the sky and ground will reverse themselves. You don’t get up worrying whether there will be oxygen or whether grass wil suddenly be purple rather than green, Your life is filled with certainties we call truth. Truth is something you can hang your hat on, not something blown about by every new bit of fact or opinion.

      If you don’t intend to be insulting, don’t purposely accuse me of doing a great disservice to myself. If you intend insult on the other hand, by all means accuse.

      I’ve never used the tools of logic and reason solely for the purpose of attacking the difficult edges of known science and I certainly have not held God’s Word to a different standard. Point in fact, I’ve held both to the same standard and the Word of God prevailed while the word of man faltered. And why shouldn’t the revealed Word of a perfect, infallible God who was there prevail over the grasping, error-prone word of men who weren’t there and who don’t know everything – even if said men happen to be wearing lab coats!

      Now I must protest when you claim I put the burden on proof to science for something 65 million years ago but then use faith to vindicate events 2000 years ago. That’s the old faith versus science canard. We both have the same facts and the same scientific method, but facts have to be interpreted. We usually interpret the facts based on our assumptions. What we have are different assumption, different worldviews. I just happen to find that my wordlview better fits the overall picture than the other worldviews.

      Bravo for obeying the Golden Rule, but you misunderstand why people go to hell at all. You don’t go to hell because you’re a bad person. You go to hell because you’re a sinner. What do I mean by that? Well, it’s like this. God didn’t come into the world in the form of Jesus to condemn us. We were condemned already. He wanted to save us. This was the condemnation: that light came into the world but we prefered darkness for our deeds were evil. You aren’t a sinner because you sin. You sin because you’re a sinner. When Adam sinned against God, sin came into the world and then death by sin. It’s rather like a corrupted program that replicates the error over and over. Well unfortunately the wages or deserved earnings of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.

      Now you contend that you’re only using your God-given facilities to think for yourself, but you’re not using them to think intelligently! Let me explain. An intelligent man would not come to the conclusion that there may be a hell but he’s willing to risk it for such a decision would be irreversible – not to mention downright horrible. No, an intelligent man would venture to note that he has nothing to lose but hell if he surrenders this life to Christ Jesus and nothing to gain but Heaven. If he were wrong, he would not have wasted his life and his fellow men would only be the better for his good works [expected of every Christian].

      Think about it,
      Rev Tony Breeden

  3. modsynth says:

    “the KT Boundary didn’t spell the end of the dinosaurs. Any more than it spelled the end of man or dogs or birds”

    Is it too much to ask for one single example of evidence for human existence below the KT Boundary? If this boundary was formed during a flood specifically sent to wipe out most humans, shouldn’t we at least find a human tool or evidence of a shelter, a grave, lost tooth, or something somewhere near the boundary? It seems that time has formed a huge separation between the end of the dinosaurs and the beginning of mankind. One human bone below KT, or one dinosaur above it would raise many more questions than all the Young-Earth Creationist books and blogs ever written. I would certainly be interested if such a discovery was made, and it would challenge my views in a way that no Answers in Genesis article ever has.

    1. There’s no simple answer to your question. The most thorough response I’ve found is this: http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v14/i1/humanfossils.asp

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