What really happened to the dinosaurs?

@mbs2323 (256)
Malaysia
May 11, 2009 9:15am CST
Do you know what really happened to them? Share me what you have in mind :) Dinosaurs may be dead but they are still very much alive in our imaginations aren't they? The success of films such as Jurassic Park has reawakened interest in the great lizards. However, controversial new theories suggest that the dinosaurs may have been quite different from what we imagine. Hurm? So do you believe the great lizards that once ruled our planet are the same as the ones they show on tv? And what really happened to them? You think?
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@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
11 May 09
I don't think it really matters. We are never going to truly know what happened to them. We should now focus our attention on issues that will help to improve our future. We should put the money and resources into things such as solar panels and wind turbines for producing electricity, or into things like producing cars that run cleaner and more efficient than the ones we have now.
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• United States
11 May 09
lol Hey! Even the greenest of the green liver can take time to ponder that 7th grade dance when he got his first feel! It doesn't hurt anything to look back and ask "how" and "why." If the dinos were truly killed by a meteor, we'd all do well to pay very, very close attention. For if we share the same fate, wind turbines and solar panels will be the last thing to matter.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
11 May 09
Everything most of us think about the dinosaurs is fed to us via movies like Jurassic Park and whatnot. You have to remember, the science of collecting these bones was just getting underway when the community formed the shape, skin, eating habits, etc, or what they were finding. It hasn't changed much. Scientists used to say that primates couldn't swim. Now they find them swimming all over the place. Scientists worked to recreate a hypothetical version of a real animal that lived. There's a whole lot of guess work involved. The skeletons you see in museums aren't actually bones; they're filled-in models based on an incomplete set of bone fragments dug up. Like the T-rex: there's never been a complete skeleton found (that I'm aware of), so a lot of its bones are guess work, thus the animated T-rex in movies and text books is all anybody's guess. There's always a changing opinion about dinosaurs. What were they? How did they live? Were they great loners or pack animals? Etc. Science pins them closer to birds than actual lizards. I've watched more than a few shows where they explain dinosaurs to be nothing more than giant, featherless, wingless birds. As far as what killed them, that's also up for debate. The meteor theory is the most accepted. There's a giant hole on the Yucatan Peninsula and the ensuing sediment that the fallout produced. This is dated around the relative timeframe of the dinosaurs' extinction. But you have to remember, scientists deal in a scale of 5 billion years. 5,000,000,000! So if they were off by 50,000,000 it's a big whoops lol A lot of people also accept the theory that disease killed the dinosaurs. I mean, they had CRUCIAL bugs back then; bugs that would eat people! If they had any disease - even a common cold - there is no fighting that off. An outbreak could have easily desimated the entire dino population, or at least enough of it to cut off the food supply and starve them out. That segues to the next theory: survival of the fittest. As big as these creatures were, their eating habits would put a great white's to shame. They would constantly need to feed. Even the plant-eaters had to constantly migrate. So, it's not at all unlikely that they ate themselves out of house and home. They didn't have the ability to grow plants and breed animals. Their resources were truly limited. Eat a female dinosaur and there's one less reproductive animal. I personally lean toward the disease theory. That meteorite could have very well killed them, but the effects of a rock that size hitting the planet are also hypothetical. We know how disease ravages. It's not a far leap at all.
@angelsmummy (1700)
11 May 09
i think its best that we dont know personally that way if we dont know we can keep our own opinions and it wont be ruined by fact lol