What If the Dinosaur Extinction Didn’t Happen 65000000 Years Ago?
What If the Dinosaur Extinction Didn’t Happen 65000000 Years Ago? Humanity has existed on the planet for about three hundred thousand years, we’ve survived many wars, nuclear bombings, famines and deadly pandemics, but what if we were on Earth two hundred million years ago? Most modern threats to humans didn’t yet exist. Then, however, there was something worse than a hydrogen bomb and incurable diseases, dinosaurs. What would we do in a world full of huge lizards? Could we have lasted even a day on the planet during the Jurassic period?
Forget everything you learned about dinosaurs and this era from Steven Spielberg movies. Today we’re going to face the truth from a scientific point of view. If modern humans found themselves in the Jurassic period, they wouldn’t recognize the Earth. At that time, everything looked different and even the position of the continents was different. Pangaea had just begun to split into changing the climate and allowing the planet’s population to grow. And in every sense, it was during the Jurassic period that dinosaurs became the dominant species.
It was only their mass extinction that helped mammals get ahead, which eventually led to the appearance of humans. But that’s still a long way off. The main goal of humans in the Jurassic period would be to not get eaten by the well-known Tyrannosaurus rex was able to accelerate up to seventy two kilometers per hour. That’s forty five miles per hour, and this at a weight of fourteen tons. But there were lighter and faster dinosaurs that hunted in groups. For them, a human would be easy prey, speed, binocular vision, excellent sense of smell, night vision and killer instincts.
American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stefan Bruce, sat from the University of Edinburgh, believes that it would have taken a lot of effort to avoid death. However, predatory dinosaurs would not have been the only problem for humans because there were also herbivores. These were no less dangerous than predators, and we’re quite capable of hitting you with a spiked tail or impaling with a horn simply frightening. Moreover, you might not have noticed and been trampled to death. It’s believed that Diplodocus was the size of four elephants.
Next to this, a person would feel like a cat next to its owner. Hunting such massive animals would be incredibly difficult to this day. Scientists don’t know how strong the skin of dinosaurs was. This means that it’s not known whether it could have been pierced with a knife, a spear or even a bullet. Even if you managed to kill a dinosaur, its smell would attract predators and scavengers. If you stuck around for a long time with a huge piece of raw meat, you would definitely have been smelled and eaten.
This isn’t the end of the problem. During the Jurassic period, the oxygen content in the atmosphere was quite low, about fifteen percent. Today, this figure is twenty one percent. Most likely modern humans, once the age of the dinosaurs would have experienced hypoxia. This in turn can develop into altitude sickness, which leads to constant shortness of breath, spatial disorientation, coma and sometimes death. But let’s say we could have handled it. What about water sources?
The human body isn’t used to the bacteria and microorganisms of the Jurassic. Therefore, a sip of water from any reservoir could be deadly. Today, drinking water undergoes multi stage treatment, but the risk is still not zero. What can we say about the Jurassic period? Catching a parasite here or even catching an ancestor of malaria from an ancient me would have been more than realistic. It’s likely that the dinosaurs themselves hosted giant flat and roundworms and millions of other parasites that permeated the organisms of ancient reptiles through and through.
Don’t forget about the various insects or snakes that lurked everywhere. One touch or bite from something wrong could take your life. For example, the web of the giant spider neophilia Jurassic scientists don’t know if it was poisonous, but it’s known for sure that it was over one and a half meter or five network of strong gold in silk, perhaps even small dinosaurs got caught in it. Little. Now, look at what humans would have eaten. Two hundred million years ago, one of the best options would have been eggs.
Huge lizard eggs, rich in protein would have helped satisfy hunger. But you’re not the only one who thinks so many other dinosaurs like to ravage clutches for a snack. You would have had to act quickly to stay ahead of the competition and not get hurt by the mother. If you weren’t able to steal eggs, you would have been able to go fishing during the Jurassic period. Many parts of the current land were flooded there in the shallows, in the warm water, many organisms lived in a special plankton called the water red. If the blood color didn’t scare you, you would have been able to catch a snail. But this would also have been a life threatening affair. The season oceans of that era were home to dangerous predators, for example, such as the LYO pleura don.
Its teeth were about seven centimeters long or two point seven inches. If you didn’t get away in time, you could have become the prey yourself. And even a vegan diet in the Jurassic period would be a test for a person. At that time, many different plants grew on the earth, but without hints of flowers, berries or fruit. There was something like the fruit of a modern Ginko. But because of the disgusting smell of excrement, it would have hardly been able to eat it. Fungi and seaweed were common there, but none of the species were similar to what humans eat today.
This doesn’t mean that they were all poisonous. However, you would have only had one chance to find out. At best, an unsuccessful experience would have ended in food poisoning, at worst, a painful death. If one human was alive in the Jurassic period, this person would have been doomed to death. Most likely it would have happened in a couple of days. At the same time, if there were really a lot of people, they would have been able to adapt.
However, the use of metal would have to be forgotten. Even if you brought it with you from modern times in conditions of high humidity, it would quickly become covered with rust. To get anything on the spot would be simply impossible. It’s too hard to work in conditions of a lack of oxygen, but even if they adapted, humans wouldn’t be able to live with the dinosaurs in peace. So says biologist and paleontologist Victoria Arber from the Royal Ontario Museum.
Based on our current relationship with large predators such as lions, wolves and bears, it’s clear that humans and predators rarely get along with each other. For example, to protect our homes from wolves, people almost destroyed this animal’s entire population in North America. It’s unclear whether this would have worked with a predator that 70 times larger than a wolf one hope might have been finding a corner of the earth where the dinosaurs and other monsters of the past weren’t able to reach us, despite all the danger and unpredictability of the behavior of ancient animals.
Scientists have long been trying to resurrect them. Researchers, led by geneticist George Church at Harvard University, are trying to insert mammoth genes extracted from ancient DNA into the modern genome of the Asian elephant. If they succeed, these huge woolly creatures may reappear on Earth in a few decades. Scientists are also trying to resurrect the dinosaur. But there’s a problem here. These huge lizards have been extinct for too long and it takes a lot of work to get their DNA.
However, in a sense, dinosaurs still live side by side with us. Crocodiles, birds and turtles are all descendants of ancient lizards that managed to evolve and survive to the present day. So, you can touch the story at any time. Just reach out your hand. All of the information I’ve used to create this video is current at the time of its release. Perhaps after a while, scientists will find other facts that will completely change our understanding of the Jurassic period.
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