Did Surviving Dinosaurs Roam the Earth, After the big Asteroid Crash?

May 4, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A new study claims dinosaurs walked the earth long after they were thought to be wiped out from an asteroid crash, over 65 million years ago. A team of geologists discovered dinosaur bones buried deep within sandstone beds in a remote area of the San Juan Basin and surprisingly, carbon dating showed the bones were at least 500,000 years younger than any other bones found, until now.

This means dinosaurs may have survived at least another half-a-million years after an asteroid crashed on earth, annihilating the huge lumbering giants. Could this mean the existence of a “Lost World” scenario, with prehistoric man sharing the earth with dinosaurs, fighting the creatures off with pointy sticks? Well, skeptical paleontologists say, probably not.

Lead researcher Jim Fassett conducted the exploration as part of a U.S. Geological Survey project. He says the problem with completely verifying his findings is that, “After being killed and deposited in sands and muds, it is possible for bones to be exhumed by rivers and then incorporated into younger rocks.” The younger rocks can lead to false carbon dating of the embedded bones.

But Fassett is convinced that isn’t the case and that there was in fact a surviving herd of dinosaurs roaming the remote basins of New Mexico.

David Polly, editor of Palaeontologia Electronica, remains skeptical saying, “One thing is certain, if dinosaurs did survive, they were not as widespread as they were before the end of the Cretaceous period and did not persist for long.” Polly joins an opposing group of establishment paleontologists who remain skeptical of Fassett’s theory, but history shows great discoveries have been made when a young explorer has a passion for and a strong belief in his work.

The study is available in the Journal Palaeontologia Electronica and is being hailed as one of the most important discoveries in the field of paleontology in the 21st century.

Perhaps someday, scientists will happen on a determinative discovery, proving the existence of a “Lost World,” that has long inspired the likes of writers and Hollywood movie producers like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Steven Spielberg.

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4 Responses to “Did Surviving Dinosaurs Roam the Earth, After the big Asteroid Crash?”

  1. Andrew on May 4th, 2009 1:39 pm

    Carbon dating methods can only go back at most 100,000 yrs. So these dates cannot be reliable because dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.

  2. Andrew on May 4th, 2009 2:38 pm

    Magnetostratigraphy provides independent evidence for the Paleocene age of the Ojo Alamo Sandstone and its dinosaur-bearing beds. Not carbon isotopic data.

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