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Did a Giant asteroid kill the Dinosaurs? by Greg Snow
Image citation: Phys. Teach. 52, 521 (2014); http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.4902192
One of Snow's hobbies is learning about the extinction of the dinosaurs and other mass extinctions in the history of the earth. Together we will examine the theory that an asteroid or comet the size of Mt. Everest struck Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula 65 million year ago, creating a dust cloud that altered the earth's climate and killed the dinosaurs and 70 percent of all other living species. We'll also review other dinosaur extinction theories, which range from believable to preposterous, as put forth in the lively scientific debate surounding their demise.
How Dinosaurs Went Extinct
More Info About Dinosaurs and Mass Extinctions
The Open Dinosaur Project
"The Open Dinosaur Project was founded to involve scientists and the public alike in developing a comprehensive database of dinosaur limb bone measurements, to investigate questions of dinosaur function and evolution. We have three major goals:1) do good science; 2) do this science in the most open way possible; and 3) allow anyone who is interested to participate. And by anyone, we mean anyone!"
What Killed the Dinosaurs?
This interactive website created by PBS allows users to explore the evidence and competing hypotheses as they learn about "What Killed the Dinosaurs".
Dinosaur Information by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
This website includes the following information: Everything You Wanted to Know; Dinosaur Fieldwork & Expeditions; What's New in Dinosaur Research; Dinosaur FAQ; Top 10 Misconceptions; and Dinosaur Research & Resources.
Mass Extinctions by the Natural History Museum (UK)
"More than 99% of all species that have ever lived on Earth are now extinct. The vast majority (over 95%) died out because they couldn’t compete successfully for food or other resources. Or they failed to adapt to changes in their local environment over tens or even hundreds of millions of years. For the rest, something more dramatic happened. They perished during relatively short-term mass extinction events that killed off large numbers of species worldwide. Find out about the big five extinction events that each eliminated over half of all species on the planet. Sometimes in less than a million years."
BBC Nature: Big Five Mass Extinction Events
"Although the Cretaceous-Tertiary (or K-T) extinction event is the most well-known because it wiped out the dinosaurs, a series of other mass extinction events has occurred throughout the history of the Earth, some even more devastating than K-T." (archived page)
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