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.]
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.