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What About Dinosaur Extinction Theories?

Three dinosaur extinction theories have been given:

Theory # 1

“According to abundant geological evidence, an asteroid … hit Earth about 65 million years ago. … Debris from the explosion was thrown into the atmosphere, severely altering the climate, and leading to the extinction of roughly 3/4 of species that existed at that time, including the dinosaurs.”

Planetary Science Institute - https://www.psi.edu/epo/ktimpact/ktimpact.html 

In summary:

About 65 million years ago, a giant asteroid hit the earth. It threw up a cloud of dust, it choked off the sun, the environment changed, all the plants died, and the dinosaurs starved to death, along with many other life forms.  

Theory # 2

One theory in 1993 stated that a change in the atmosphere resulted in there not being enough oxygen to support their inefficient respiratory systems.

“When significant oxygen entered the atmosphere, ancient life multiplied. But after a few hundred million years, Earth's oxygen plummeted, resulting in a die-off likely greater than the extinction of the dinosaurs.”

Science Daily - Aug 28, 2019

Theory # 3

Volcanic eruptions caused the demise of the dinosaurs.

Scientists Zero in on the Role Volcanoes Played in the Demise of Dinosaurs


“Massive volcanic eruptions have been identified as the major driver of the environmental changes that precipitated at least three of these extinction events. The fifth and most recent event — the end-Cretaceous mass extinction — occurred 66 million years ago and was responsible for wiping out dinosaurs.”


More Information You Need to Consider:

Dinosaur fossils have been found on every continent on earth. The map below shows fossil finds and major sites where dinosaur remains have been discovered.

Nearly 11,000 dinosaur fossils have been unearthed worldwide, two thirds of them in North America and Europe. There have been more than 45 new dinosaur species discovered every year since 2003. That is not individual fossils, but new species of dinosaurs that they didn’t know about. Of course, some of them only amounted to a few bones, which are subject to interpretation. But who wouldn’t want to discover a new species of dinosaur? How many dinosaur fossils have yet to be discovered? 20,000? 50,000? 100,000?


Why do we have so many dinosaur fossils all over the earth?

For fossils to form requires sudden, deep, burial, in water.

In his book “Why Evolution is True,” evolutionary biologist Jerry Coye describes how fossil formation takes place: “the remains of an animal or plant must find their way into water, sink to the bottom, and get quickly covered by sediment so that they don’t decay or get scattered by scavengers.” pgs. 22-23

(That describes the necessity of sudden, deep, burial.  Catastrophism of some kind.)


Would any kind of a catastrophe that merely causes a change in the environment that leads to starvation, or a lack of oxygen bury dinosaurs suddenly and deeply all over the world that would result in the many thousands of dinosaur fossils that we observe?

A giant asteroid hitting the earth and changing the environment and killing off plant life does not explain the sudden, deep, burial of so many dinosaurs. A lack of oxygen would not explain the sudden, deep, burial of so many dinosaurs. Volcanic eruptions in isolated areas causing environmental changes does not explain the sudden, deep, burial of so many dinosaurs.

We know the Supernatural Biblical view would postulate they were all buried in a worldwide flood. Most in the scientific community would scoff at that but think those other three hypotheses might be plausible. What does the scientific evidence say?

Arthur Conan Doyle once said: “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”