a new theory of dinosaur extinction

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a new theory of dinosaur extinction

Postby TerraFrost » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:44 am

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 090702.htm

The article suggests that dinosaurs may have went extinct chiefly because of insects. That insects developed as a species at about the time dinosaurs went extinct and that insects gave disease an incredible new method of propagation. Dinosaurs, who, in the past, may not have needed immune systems at all all of a sudden found themselves dying, en masse.

Eventually, immune systems did develop in the mammals of today.

If this theory were true, it would suggest that if the events of Jurassic Park did manage to play out, that the dinosaurs we created would die shortly after we created them - that dinosaurs simply cannot survive in our world. Kinda like how we can't survive in an area with radiation. We go into a radiation flooded area and we die. If dinosaurs go into an area with insects, they die.

Anyway, I think the theory has a nice symmetry to it :)
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Re: a new theory of dinosaur extinction

Postby Rapscallion » Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:25 pm

It's interesting that they can find dinosaur crap hundreds of millions of years later. :lol Maybe that's common knowledge for paleontology, but whatever.

I also like the theory.
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