Sunday, January 07, 2007

65 Million Years Ago

This photo got me thinking about the "fact" that a large meteorite (or meteorites) could have caused the demise of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. That was approximately 65 Million Years ago and there is certainly good evidence that something catastrophic did happen at that time.

What is not so clear and is rarely reported in the popular science press/media is that the 65 MY event actually only finished off the last of the dinosaurs. They had been dying out for a long, long time. You could call this catastrophic event "the day the dinosaurs finally died" but nothing more dramatic than that should be suggested by those people who really should know better.

Children love dinosaurs and can often name them more accurately than qualified geologists! But I wonder how many children understand the 65 MY event so well?