Montag, 7. Mai 2007
nerd's eye view
Today ,as you can see, this post revolves around the topic of dinosaurs. Actually, to be more precise, about the one-time Dinosaur Valley in Drumheller (Alberta, Canada) which Mandel and her husband visited on one of their numberless travels.
While Drumheller is an agricultural and touristy city nowadays, it used to be something quite different a long time ago. If we could travel back in time for 70 millions of years, we would be able to see the Drumheller Valley full to the brim with dinosaurs living in a tropic environment while happily eating grass or each other.
For me it is always thrilling to imagine that were I'm walking on today there used to be dinosaurs, especially when you consider that so little is known about the reasons for their extinction which occured approximately 65 million of years ago (!!) despite the fact that paleontologists have been researching this field since the 1970s.
Nowadays, although several related theories (asteroid collision, multiple collisions, or environmental changes) exist, scientists don't uniformly agree that one event caused the extinction of dinosaurs.
Another compelling fact is that dinosaurs are an significant part of our popular culture. Just cast your mind back to the 1933 version of King Kong, or the renowned Jurassic Park.
Be that as it may, the plain and simple truth is that the human fascination with dinosaurs won't lessen until or even beyond the time one scientist comes up with a plausible answer on the reason for their extinction.
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