-------- Original Message --------
Controversial New 'Day From Hell' Theory
How DID the dinosaurs die? The newest theory challenges conventional
thinking by asserting it was a fast, violent, and brutal demise--not
death by freezing and starvation--when an asteroid collided with Earth
million years ago setting off an explosion that was 10 billion times
powerful than the Hiroshima nuclear bomb, reports Reuters. It could
called the "day from hell" theory.
Temperatures would have instantly soared to sizzling highs of
degrees Fahrenheit. The sky would have turned brilliant red. Trees
around the globe would have immediately burst into flames. And the
They would have been broiled alive along with anything else that was
underwater or underground, insists atmospheric physicist Brian Toon
University of Colorado, who used mathematical and computer models to
his theory. "Essentially, if you were exposed, you were broiled alive.
probably what happened to the dinosaurs. They were big creatures that
have anywhere to hide," Toon told Reuters.
Other proponents of the asteroid theory believe the dinosaurs froze
or starved to
death when huge clouds of particles from the meteorite blocked the
months. Toon says no. He thinks the creatures living near ground
Mexico's Yucatan peninsula--would have been instantly vaporized. Others
Caribbean area and southern United States would have drowned from the
tsunamis, and the rest around the world would have been broiled alive.
sky would be radiating at you. It would be like standing next to a
giant fire; you'd
be burned very severely," he told Reuters.
The study findings were published in the Geological Society of