Extinction Theories - Wrong- Any Ideas?

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Sam Levine

Tallahassee, FL

#1 Aug 28, 2012
I am by no means anyone with a significant background in paleontology, but I was thinking about the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, and it occured to me how unlike anything else in the world's history this extinction was. It's not like a certain species of rhinocerous going extinct due to overpopulation, or even gradual climate change. Dinosaurs were the dominant "life-blueprint" on the planet, so much so that nearly every dominant species on the planet fell under the category of "dinosaur". Much like how nearly every dominant, or "higher" animal currently under the planet falls under the category of "mammal". So what is it that would cause an extinction not of just one speceis, but of nearly all of the highly evolved species on the planet at the time? A parallel would be if humans, monkeys, apes, cats, canines, and hoofed mammals suddenly disappeared. It might be that dinosaurs took a completely different evolutionary path than was heretfore believed, and relied on something for their survival which we haven't thought of. For example, and this is probably completely incorrect, it could be that dinosaurs were an organism which breathed methane gas as opposed to oxygenated gas, and some amount of seismic or meteorological activity disrupted this necessary resource. Let me know what someone thinks.

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