Dinosaur bones were flung to the moon when an asteroid hit Earth – Daily Mail

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Did DINOSAURS beat man to the MOON? Bones from giant reptiles were flung into space when the extinction-event asteroid smashed into the Earth 66 million years ago, scientists claim

  • An excerpt from ‘The End of the World’ by Peter Brannen was shared to Twitter
  •  It describes the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago 
  • The asteroid ‘punched a hole of outer space vacuum in the atmosphere’
  • Debris  was expelled from the impact that was mixed with dinosaur bones 
  • With this in mind, the scientists says there are probably bones on the moon 

Although Neil Armstrong was the first human to step foot on the moon in 1967, dinosaurs may have beat him to it 66 million years prior – or at least pieces of the prehistoric creatures did.

The claim stems from Peter Brannen’s 2017 book, ‘The End of the World,’ which was recently shard on Twitter by blogger Matt Austin.

An excerpt describes the violent asteroid as it ripped a ‘hole of outer space vacuum in the atmosphere.’

This sent debris flying into to orbit and ‘bits of dinosaurs’ may have been mixed up in the enormous volume of earth that expelled into space – all of which settled on the moon.

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Peter Brannen's 2017 book 'The End of the World' suggests the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs flung debris into space that carried along dinosaurs bones - all of which settled on the moon

Peter Brannen's 2017 book 'The End of the World' suggests the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs flung debris into space that carried along dinosaurs bones - all of which settled on the moon

Peter Brannen’s 2017 book ‘The End of the World’ suggests the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs flung debris into space that carried along dinosaurs bones – all of which settled on the moon

The catastrophic asteroid crashed into what experts say was at the ‘deadliest possible angle’ when it came barreling into what is now Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

Brannen, who is an award-winning science journalist, writes that the asteroid was larger than Mount Everest and came crashing through the atmosphere 20 times faster than a speeding bullet.

‘This is so fast that it would have traversed the distance from the cruising altitude of a 747 to the ground in 0.3 seconds,’ the book reads.

The book includes comments from geophysicist Mario Rebolledo at the Centro de Investigación who told Brannen: ‘The pressure of the atmosphere front of the asteroid started excavating the crater before it even got there.’

Brannen writes that the asteroid was larger than Mount Everest and came crashing through the atmosphere 20 times faster than a speeding bullet

Brannen writes that the asteroid was larger than Mount Everest and came crashing through the atmosphere 20 times faster than a speeding bullet

An excerpt describes the violent asteroid as it ripping a 'hole of outer space vacuum in the atmosphere.' This sent debris flying into to orbit and 'bits of dinosaurs' may have been mixed up in the enormous volume of earth that expelled into space - all of which settled on the moon

An excerpt describes the violent asteroid as it ripping a 'hole of outer space vacuum in the atmosphere.' This sent debris flying into to orbit and 'bits of dinosaurs' may have been mixed up in the enormous volume of earth that expelled into space - all of which settled on the moon

An excerpt describes the violent asteroid as it ripping a ‘hole of outer space vacuum in the atmosphere.’ This sent debris flying into to orbit and ‘bits of dinosaurs’ may have been mixed up in the enormous volume of earth that expelled into space – all of which settled on the moon

‘Then, when the meteorite touched ground zero, it was totally intact. It was so massive that the atmosphere didn’t even make a scratch on it.’

The book says the scene witnessed 66 million years ago was nowhere near what we see in Hollywood films that usually show a brilliant ball of fire streaking across the sky.

‘As the asteroid collided with the earth, in the sky above it where there should have been air, the rock had punched a hole of outer space vacuum in the atmosphere,’ Brannen explains.

‘As the heavens rushed in to close this hole, enormous volumes of earth were expelled into orbit and beyond — all within a second or two of impact.’

‘So there’s probably little bits of dinosaur bone on the moon,’ Brannen asks.

And Rebolledo replies: ‘Yea, probably.’

Although the book was published in 2017 blogger Matt Austin recently shard excerpts on Twitter

Although the book was published in 2017 blogger Matt Austin recently shard excerpts on Twitter

Although the book was published in 2017 blogger Matt Austin recently shard excerpts on Twitter

Although there is no evidence to support claims in ‘The End of the World,’ scientists have been able to piece together the events that unfolded.

The asteroid left a 120-mile-wide crater at the disaster zone, vaporizing rock and sending billions of tons of sulfur and carbon dioxide into the prehistoric skies.

All living things within hundreds of miles of the impact site would have been incinerated within minutes. 

Meanwhile, the dust cloud generated by the impact would have blocked out the sun — likely triggering a ‘nuclear winter’ and seeing temperatures plunge, acid rain falling from the skies and 75 percent of living species wiped out.

‘It would have felt like the ground beneath your feet had become a ship in the middle of the ocean,’ said earth and space science professor Mark Richards at the University of Washington. 

‘Then rocks would have bombarded you from a boiling sky that was beginning to take on a hazy glow. It would have seemed like the end of the world.’

HOW THE DINOSAURS WENT EXTINCT AROUND 66 MILLION YEARS AGO

Dinosaurs ruled and dominated Earth around 66 million years ago, before they suddenly went extinct. 

The Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event is the name given to this mass extinction.

It was believed for many years that the changing climate destroyed the food chain of the huge reptiles. 

In the 1980s, paleontologists discovered a layer of iridium.

This is an element that is rare on Earth but is found  in vast quantities in space.  

When this was dated, it coincided precisely with when the dinosaurs disappeared from the fossil record. 

A decade later, scientists uncovered the massive Chicxulub Crater at the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, which dates to the period in question. 

Scientific consensus now says that these two factors are linked and they were both probably caused by an enormous asteroid crashing to Earth.

With the projected size and impact velocity, the collision would have caused an enormous shock-wave and likely triggered seismic activity. 

The fallout would have created plumes of ash that likely covered all of the planet and made it impossible for dinosaurs to survive. 

Other animals and plant species had a shorter time-span between generations which allowed them to survive.

There are several other theories as to what caused the demise of the famous animals. 

One early theory was that small mammals ate dinosaur eggs and another proposes that toxic angiosperms (flowering plants) killed them off.  

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