Marion N. Stone
Staff Writer at Sparring Mind
What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?One of science's biggest mysteries — what caused the dinosaurs to go extinct — may have finally been put to rest. » Subscribe to Seeker! http://bit.ly/subscribeseeker » Watch more Elements! http://bit.ly/ElementsPlaylist » Visit our shop at http://shop.seeker.com Thanks to this recently published study in Science, we might have finally learned the truth behind what really killed dinosaurs once and for all. It’s been told that an asteroid more than 10-kilometers across slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula, putting an end to the dinosaur's long reign. But the actual ‘cause of death’ has been the center of a decades-long raging controversy. Many scientists have argued for alternative theories to explain what brought on the dinosaur’s final days, including cosmic rays, an outbreak of disease, or as we previously reported, an inferno of blazing wildfires. But aside from the asteroid, there is another competing theory involving massive volcanic eruptions that happened around the same time, leading to some confusion over which is the actual culprit. Find out more about how this newfound research could provide a definitive timeline that could likely end the decades-old argument in this Elements. #dinosaurs #bigbangtheory #volcanoes #science #seeker #elements Read More: Asteroid impact, not volcanic eruptions, killed the dinosaurs https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2020/jan/asteroid-impact-not-volcanic-eruptions-killed-dinosaurs "In a Yale-led study, published today in Science, analysis of marine fossils and climate models shows that the major release of volcanic gasses, thought by some to contribute to the extinction, happened about 200,000 years before the asteroid impact, making the asteroid the sole driver of the extinction event." The Nastiest Feud in Science https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/09/dinosaur-extinction-debate/565769/ "Before the asteroid hypothesis took hold, researchers had proposed other, similarly bizarre explanations for the dinosaurs’ demise: gluttony, protracted food poisoning, terminal chastity, acute stupidity, even Paleo-weltschmerz—death by boredom." How an asteroid ended the age of the dinosaurs https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-an-asteroid-caused-extinction-of-dinosaurs.html "Around 75% of Earth's animals, including dinosaurs, suddenly died out at the same point in time. So how was it all caused by a rock hurtling into the coast of Central America?" ____________________ Elements is more than just a science show. It’s your science-loving best friend, tasked with keeping you updated and interested on all the compelling, innovative and groundbreaking science happening all around us. Join our passionate hosts as they help break down and present fascinating science, from quarks to quantum theory and beyond. Seeker empowers the curious to understand the science shaping our world. We tell award-winning stories about the natural forces and groundbreaking innovations that impact our lives, our planet, and our universe. Visit the Seeker website https://www.seeker.com/videos Elements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerElements/ Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel Seeker on Twitter http://twitter.com/seeker Seeker on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SeekerMedia/ Seeker http://www.seeker.com/