Thursday, May 07, 2009

Asteroid Couldn't Have Killed The Dinosaurs?!

IO9 in it's never ending quest to shake up everything we thought we knew, has posted an extremely compelling article about Princeton geo-scientist Gerta Keller. Keller's research has new evidence to support her alternative theory that volcanoes, not meteorites, wiped out the dinosaurs.

Now I know, this isn't strictly speaking new stuff here, but what makes this article very interesting is that it is backed up with some serious research. Keller's research shows that far from wiping out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, not a single species went extinct after the Yucatan event. In fact there may have been as much as 300,000 years between the impact and the extintion event.

From the article:
  • Keller suggests that the massive volcanic eruptions at the Deccan Traps in India may be responsible for the extinction, releasing massive amounts of dust and gases that could have blocked sunlight, altered climate and caused acid rain.
read complete article here

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