How Cosmic Catastrophes Enabled Human Life

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Certain disastrous events impacting our planet have actually created the precursors for human life or its evolution, rather than causing annihilating our species.

Significant evidence exists that dinosaurs were wiped off the face of the Earth as the result of a planetary asteroid strike, according to the Planetary Science Institute (PSI). This asteroid is believed to have been around six miles in diameter. It impacted Earth around 65 million years ago, and destroyed three-quarters of all life forms on the planet, including dinosaurs.

Meanwhile, the atmospheric ash resulting from the 1883 eruption of Mount Krakatoa lowered the planet’s temperature for an entire year.

Evidence for Asteroid Strike as Dinosaur Extinction Cause

The following are six lines of evidence for an asteroid strike as the reason that the dinosaurs became extinct, and allowing other life forms to thrive (per the PSI website):

  • The iridium excess in soil layers that are 65 million years in age have been confirmed by multiple researchers in many locations on the planet.
  • The same 65 million year-old soil layers have been shown to contain grains of quartz that were deformed by high shock pressures, as linked to what would occur in a massive explosion.
  • The same 65 million year-old soil layer contains enough soot to correspond to burning the entire planet’s forests which suggests that these soil samples were fire-impacted—as would occur following a massive explosion.
  • The same 65 year-old soil layer around the Gulf of Mexico and environs was shown to contain massive deposits of tumbled boulders—as would be generated by a large tsunami due to a massive asteroid strike on the planet.
  • In 1990, researchers identified the crater associated with the material found in the 65 million year-old soil layers, and it was carbon-dated to the same timeframe.
  • Astrophysicists estimate that a sizable asteroid strikes Earth once in approximately each 100 million years—which supports the theory that the massive asteroid strike did occur around 65 million years ago.

Had the dinosaur population continued to expand, it is doubtful that smaller mammals—including the primates that evolved into early humans—would have been able to survive.

Formerly, scientists believed that dinosaurs succumbed to the Ice Age. Meanwhile, an article in Science in 2016 provides additional evidence for the asteroid strike theory. Whatever the actual reason for their disappearance, dinosaur destruction was a positive development for the history of the human species.

The Chicxulub Cater – What Has Been Learned

A scientific team has been drilling into an asteroid-created crater off the shore of Progreso, Mexico. Its focus has been the crater’s “peak ring”, which was formerly undiscovered.

In 2015, the team was able to bring up to the surface a three-meter core surface; this section contained material that was found to be around 65 million years old—and providing further evidence of a massive asteroid at that time.

As of May, 2016, the scientists had drilled to a depth of 700 feet. Funded by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IOP), the involved scientists are embarked on exploring a section of this crater that was never before accessed.