Dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago when a meteorite slammed into the Earth.
Solved. Once and for all, the great debate that I thought was still a matter for intense speculation amongst scientist has been resolved beyond any doubt by that bastion of scientific achievement, the NZ Press Association, and reported in that most learned of peer-reviewed scientific journals, the NZ Herald.
After contacting the NZPA, they actually informed me that the quote was given to them by GNS Science, a Crown Research Institute. Apologies to journalists at NZPA, and the NZ Herald, who reproduced the press release verbatim.
After contacting GNS Science, they inform me that actually the problem has been solved, and there is now little doubt that a Meteorite killed off the dinosaurs. They state “The evidence for an asteroid impact causing the
mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous is now as convincing as you
can get. It’s much more than a popular theory. We can now say with
confidence that the last dinosaurs went extinct at the time of the impact
– as is stated in the press release. There may well have been contributing
factors leading to their demise – such as long term climatic cooling,
flood basalts, etc., but the effects of these factors on dinosaur or
general biological diversity is much less clear than what happened
precisely at the end of the Cretaceous. ”
Well, there you go!