Insects killed the dinosaurs ... ?

Saw this article from the Independent:

Well, (1) I don’t see any evidence in this story (in the later quotes with the OSU researcher) that the scientists found NO parasites in earlier vertebrate populations, just that the dinosaurs had them. (Don’t all of us vertebrates, nowadays?)

And (2) I thought that many herbivorous dinosaurs were flower-eaters! How would more flowers wipe them out?

Any good theory regarding what caused the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous Period needs to take into account the fact that dinosaurs weren’t the only major group of organisms to go extinct. Specifically, the fact that a massive amount of marine life also became extinct at that time. Are we supposed to assume that the same disease-bearing mites and insects wiped out the ammonites? Of course it’s entirely possible that the dinos were on their way out before the real mass extinction occurred and wiped out all the marine life, and finished them off.

No, it was dogs.

But GOD blessed them all, saying, Be fruitful and multiply but Evolve Not.

And GOD looked upon the species he hath made, and saw that the earth was exceedingly crowded, and he said unto them, Let each species compete for what it needed; for Healthy Competition is My Law. And the species competeth amongst themselves, the cattle and the creeping things; and some madeth it and some didn’t; and the dogs ate the dinosaurs and GOD was pleased. And GOD took the bones from the dinosaurs, and caused them to appear mighty old; and cast he them about the land and the sea.

Nice, Johhny. The only thing missing was the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

Here’s the first part of Genesis from Not The Bible (The World’s #2 Best Seller!).

(Sorry for the hijack.)

It’s purest nonsense, at least the way that it’s reported in that article. As far as we can tell, the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous happened far too quickly (not over “millions of years”) and included too many ecologically disparate groups for a cause such as insect parasites to have caused it.

It has been theorized by some that the spread of angiosperms (flowering plants) during the Cretaceous at the expense of the gymnosperms could have been a problem for herbivorous dinosaurs because angiosperms contained some innovative compounds that made them more difficult for herbivores to eat. This is also silly, because herbivorous dinosaurs would undoubtedly have been able to adapt.

The ol’ mass extinction by constipation theory. That one’s a gas :stuck_out_tongue:

Maybe them were really big insects? :wink:

You don’t want them to get under your skin!