Unlucky Dinosaurs Might Still Be Alive Today Had Earth-Altering Asteroid Struck Somewhere Else
Your home might be a Cryolophosaurus nest full of eggs of baby dinosaurs had the world-altering asteroid smashed into over 80% of the Earth. The 7.5-mile-wide asteroid struck a powderkeg and ignited a multi-year winter that caused the dinosaurs to go extinct. Scientists believe that had the asteroid smashed into nearly anywhere else on the planet there would be to this day Therizinosaurus, Gryposaurus, Epidexipteryx, Majungasaurus, Tanystropheus, and Spinosaurus roaming the Earth.
The dinosaur-killing asteroid slammed into Earth 66 million years ago and the force of 10 billion nuclear bombs was released. The devastating asteroid collided into a sloping continental shelf, just off the coast of what is now the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The cataclysmic collision crashed into the shallow ocean near what is now the town of Chicxulub, Mexico. A new report states that the dinosaurs were extremely unlucky and only 13% of the Earth’s surface had the right factors to cause mass extinction. What’s unlucky for the dinosaurs was truly lucky for us mammals.
The scientific paper was published last week in Scientific Reports, where lead author Kunio Kaiho and colleagues argue that dinosaurs might still be alive today had the asteroid hit another place on Earth. The researchers believe that the asteroid’s extraordinary force combined with striking oil-rich sedimentary rocks expelled approximately 1.7 billion tons of fine-particle black carbon into the atmosphere. That powdery soot, which was enough to fill Yankee Stadium, covered the sky and blocked the sun causing temperatures to drop 18 to 29 degrees over land. These chilly conditions would have made plants and food scarce, killing off all non-avian dinosaurs.