Essay about Sex, Drugs, Disaster And The Extinction Of Dinosaurs

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In Gould’s “Sex, Drugs, Disaster and the Extinction of Dinosaurs” he discusses three theories that are used to explain the extinction of dinosaurs. The first theory examined by Gould is the dinosaurs body temperature was too high for optimal sperm production. Gould also dives into the theory that the production of angiosperms produced toxins that ultimately killed the dinosaurs. While these two theories are well documented and have substantial evidence on their behalf, there are still many skeptics and unexplained potholes in each of them. The last and perhaps the most widely accepted theory is that a disaster, such as an asteroid strike, led to the destruction of the once ferocious beasts. This asteroid hit the earth causing tsunamis, temperature change that led to food sources dying out, and to the dinosaurs freezing to death.
While the late Cretaceous period was abundant with life and optimal temperatures the dinosaurs were closely approaching their demise. Dinosaurs became extinct some 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period (“Why did…”). The dinosaurs reigned the earth for millions of years and their downfall was so quick in relation to their reign. The Mesozoic era is the time between 251 to 65 million years ago and includes the popularized Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. (Kazlev). The end of the Mesozoic era is marked by the KT extinction, but what led to this extinction is the debate being discussed here (Kazlev). For an asteroid to cause…

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