Posted by: Rob Lester | July 19, 2010

Did humans kill off the dinosaurs?

Animal remains found in Tasmania have changed some scientists’ opinion on the long-held notion that climate change killed off large animals.  Both the age and location of the remains seem to indicate that hunting pressure killed off species of very large animals such as the giant kangaroo, enormous wombats, and leopards.  It has been also been determined that the climate was stable at the time of their extinction.  This led one scientist to say, “so it’s down to humans” as the reason for their extinction.   If these animals were slow breeders with low birth rates, it wouldn’t take much hunting pressure to send them over the edge.  We have seen this scenario with other large animals like elephants and rhinos which have at times nearly been hunted to extinction.  If dinosaurs were also slow breeders this could explain their mass extinction as humans spread across the globe.  It is much easier to get some friends and gang up on one big animal and eat for a week than chase rabbits and squirrels every day.  If you think humans could never take down a large dinosaur just remember we used to hunt and kill whales from rowboats.  “The reasons behind the [worldwide] mass extinction of giant animals…has been hotly contested with theories ranging from climate change to human and [asteroid] impacts.”  Evolutionary theories change with new discoveries (as they should).  But, the Bible remains consistent. 

“Prehistoric giant kangaroos killed by man, not climate, study says” by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) Aug 12, 2008


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