Yes, asteroid go boom!
All dinosaurs died "in one year" according to physicist Michio Kaku in an absolutely appalling piece of unscientific verbage.
Dinosaurs on land died out gradually over a long period. Some say decades and others "hundreds" of years. In "one year" is, perhaps, the daftest statement about dinosaur extinction I've heard.
We still discover new species in fossils and what we don't know we make up by saying "yes, a beaver does this and so this type of dinosaur very likely did so" and TV copies this - Anthropomorphisised dino families and "they did THIS" and "They then did THAT" -we DO NOT KNOW.
It's making massive silly assumptions but, hey,a TV "expert" ( "X" =The Unknown and "spurt" is a drip under pressure) says it then that's a fact.
We are now, after scientists have said, at least eight times in my life time, that we have discovered the "earliest man"...oh, we discovered homo floresiensis (the so called "hobbit"). And now...in case you missed it:
Oh. That's nine times now though I actually think it is far more times that I've heard this. At least now a few more scientists are saying "the oldest so far"....which means this could be the oldest but they are privately thinking there might be more.
It is not stretching the imagination to believe that dinosaurs -not all but a few- survived but evolved and these became "dragons" -look at Komodo Dragons -or even if you want to think about it, "sea monsters". If this extinction was so huge then WHY did many MANY other species survive?
And mega fauna -Dire Wolves, etc.- as well as the "tall story" gigantic snakes could have existed -I say they probably did.
While researching While researching Some More Things Strange & Sinister and looking at reports of gorillas before they were officially "discovered" -a pleasant German army officer with his Askari machine gunned some -and so his name, Berenger was given to the new species- I came across a book published by Henry Fetherstone, of London, in 1614 not 1630 as some cryptozoologists claim 9but what's in a year?). Purchas, his Pilgrimage refers to an Englishman, Andrew Battle (not "Battell" as often miss-quoted) who escaped from the Portuguese (so his account was from the late 16th/early 17th century)
Battle was watching and learning about the wildlife and that makes the next piece very interesting:
Europeans in Africa in the 17th century describe phenomenally large herds of zebra and other animals so plenty of food. Battle was not just "telling tall tales".
Incidentally, the Europeans helped wipe out most of that wildlife -though the Americans came in late and "helped out" -after all, they had helped drive their bison to near extinction.
Are "sea monsters" surviving aquatic dinosaurs? Many scientists, particularly in the 19th century and early 20th, thought they might be. But then the blustering majority who stood by dogma from their books and even Bible, put pressure on. A word here. A casual remark there and those pro surviving dinosaur were mocked in newspapers and magazines but the brave few endured. However, the open mind of science was "shut for custom"!
The coelacanth, yes I am going to bring that up again, Science! These fish were thought to have gone extinct in the Late Cretaceous, but were rediscovered in 1938 off the coast of South Africa -hence the silly term "living fossil" but we do know it put more than a few stuffed-shirts off their breakfast kippers. "Damned nerve turning up un-extinct like that! Messes up my books!"
But there was no doubt what it was. It looked exactly like the fossils.
Even as a youngster I could not understand how "Nessie" could be a plesiosaur -after 65 million years should it not have evolved?
Unknown sea creatures could be evolved aquatic dino-survivors, though some are close to scientifically known "fossils" in description. Others not -but that does NOT mean they are not real.
I say "are not" even though I suspect Mans effects on the world's seas and oceans have now made they rare if not, in certain cases, extinct.
Crocodiles and other reptiles have remained unchange. We still get mega crocodiles. Brutus for instance:
So imagine the size of predators when there was as much food available as reported by Battle et al!
Let's think when we see these TV programmes or read books by stuffed-shirts who will NEVER veer off the track of dogma into the dangerous minefield of free and open thinking. This lecture was brought to you by the extinct Falkland Islands Wolf and someone who really needs to stop wasting time.....