Dinosaurs are creatures that are believed to have dominated the earth millions of years ago. It is assumed that they existed at a time when human life was not in the phase. Scientific evidence proves that dinosaurs are the biggest animals that have ever been on the earth’s surface. There is no cogent reason why they became extinct. It is clear that, their existence on earth was timely because, not even a single dinosaur exists. In this regard, therefore, it is reasonable to carry out a research that focuses on unveiling possible causes and explanations that support the idea that, dinosaurs existed but later became extinct (Weishampell).
It is important to note that the schools of thoughts about dinosaurs have always acquired directed angles, as a result of the position that geologists have been relying on fossils towards proof of the existence of dinosaurs on the surface of the earth. Similarly, scientific evidence proves that, dinosaurs ruled the earth in the same ways human beings have taken course of directing life (Norell). However, they became exist due to a variety of reasons. In this regard, various theories have been devised by theorists in their pursuit to come to a reasonable and justifiable solution as to why dinosaurs became extinct. Kenny Rowand states that, fossil information recognizes the existence of dinosaurs whose original form assumed a class of reptiles.
Among the ways that have been devised, we have those that are directed towards a scientific approach, religious approach and other social cycles (Page). It is equally important to know what the society thinks about as it regards the cause and justifications behind the presupposition that dinosaurs got extinct. The purpose and the direction of this study, I consider pausing the question of why dinosaurs got extinct from the point of view of students in community colleges. The students will be a representation of the entire population in its perception of what was elemental in the phasing out of fossils many years ago. It is in the appreciation of the fact that fossils reveal that, there once existence animals which were in a form that brings us to the realization that dinosaurs existed.
In my study question which is directed along the facet of determining the course and cause of extinction of dinosaurs, I considered the following students as it regards the questionnaire of this subject under discussion:
The first student was Paula Alicia, is a geology student in her final year. In response to what she understood as cause of extinction of dinosaurs, she states as follows:
In my honest believe and understanding, dinosaurs are animals that preceded our current existence on this earth. They lived normal lives and fed like any other animal on the surface of the earth would do. In a nutshell, dinosaurs got extinct because of a change in weather and other prevailing conditions that facilitated their survival. The change in the environmental enhancements towards their survival was as a result of a collision that was witnessed between the earth and meteors. The meteors were oscillating in their designated positions, but had lost course. As a result of an impact of the colliding masses, the ultimate resultant feature under the scope of the earth was, generation of dust. The dust particles made it impossible for dinosaurs to continue existing.
However, not all animals and plants were susceptible to this, most of them survived hence their existence today. In the long run, dinosaurs were unable to cope with the new unpromising instances which incorporated things that supported the survival of other living creatures and plants on the surface of the earth. The process was not sharp as many people assume; it took a period approximately two hundred for the entire extinction to take place. From the fact that they were feeding and leading a normal life positioned instance, may they were adapted differently as a result of immune. The old dinosaurs were the first victims of death due to their susceptibility and vulnerability. In my understanding, therefore, I would like to submit that, the extinction of dinosaurs was scientifically motivated and took time to actualize. It represents continuity in a cycle that involves phasing off of creatures and the novel emergence of other creatures with more adaptive features of usurping the effects of harsh conditions.
My understanding of the reason behind the extinction of dinosaurs attributes to the principle of mutuality in existence and cordial relationships that are expected in the society. In this case, dinosaurs existed alongside other creatures and plants. However, the societal set up then did not allow for the proliferation of dinosaurs because it was unable to compete fairly with other living creatures in the expansive surface of the earth. The principle of the survival for the fittest best illustrates this instance. Dinosaurs are on a world record as the biggest creatures that have ever found scope on this earth. Their movements were sessile and rather slow. Predating, looking for food and escaping enemies are some of the activities that Dinosaurs engaged in. Similarly, insects that depended on them for food was another the reason behind the resultant phenomenon that places dinosaurs at an extinction spree. Other animals such as lions and elephants spearheaded and promoted circumstances that furthered the extinction of the dinosaurs. The above illustrated aspects represent justifications to why we still have animals and plants that did not extinct. Finally, I would like to bring to book that, I do not believe in theories that state that the extinction of Dinosaurs was as a result of a collision. The theory would have been substantial had its proponents looked for better oriented justifications and explanations to why the impassive collision effects acted in a selective manner. Deplorable conditions culminated to successive deaths and lowered levels of reproduction necessary for the continuance of the dinosaur generation.
Before God created human beings, the surface of the earth was not bare. God had created creatures which represented a picture that was of a reptile origin. In this case, the creatures were dinosaurs. However, it was a time when God wanted to set up conditions that would be relevant towards the domineering of His people. Dinosaurs were created as test cases. In my thinking, their extinction was not out of the blues. It was purposed by the initiator of life unto this earth. The death of all dinosaurs can be attributed to the lack of proper conditions that would eventually culminate to death of human beings upon foreseeability. In this case, God was able to correct the circumstances to fit his expectations of wanting to place on board best of circumstances that supported the survival of his people. I believe that the extinction of dinosaurs bases upon a religious context because it marked the onset of God’s purpose through the creation of human beings. They found better conditions, as opposed to the conditions at the age when dinosaurs were in existence.
Dinosaurs are large animals that I cogently believe that their mass could not provide for the possibility of walking around and fighting for favorable conditions. For these reasons, their survival was at stake. Similarly, their escape from danger and the possibility of insects feasting on them was narrow. Dinosaurs started decreasing in number in respect to the fact that they were not able to usurp circumstances that posed a great danger towards their survival. Some died as a result of lack of adequate food. At the same time; some died because insects had infested them and that had multiplied the rate at which dinosaurs were dying. These many deaths that were beyond the scope of accountability culminated to the extinction of Dinosaurs.
My fourth Student was Derrick Man, a Student pursuing Geology stated as follows as it regards the cause of the extinction of dinosaurs;
Dinosaurs are the only creatures that have existed over a hundred years in history. I am pretty sure that the reason to why they got extinct was by the fact that a volcanic eruption occurred and resulted to death to all the creatures that were present at that time. Dinosaurs, therefore, died, and chances of their survival decreased about this phenomenon. I base this because, in my profession, I we have come to acknowledge that fossils form an integral part in analyzing the extent to which the origin of fossils assumes a historical backing.
Analysis of data essentially contributes to a better position of dealing with my topic of study. Analysis of data on the possible processes that encompass the formation of fossils can best be dealt with if tabulated information from the field is placed on board in the form of graphs and charts. It is plausible to state that, the most ascribed to as the process that facilitated the process of the extinction of dinosaurs is what is in my interests in as far as my study is concerned. From the above responses by the students that I had selected as a sample representation, it is plausible to add that, most people attribute the extinction of dinosaurs to a scientific origin. The extinction of dinosaurs was not was not just a physical event, science in regard to what elements it substantially led to the diversification of the effect that led to the successive deaths hence its extinction. However, I have come to acknowledge that most people are influenced by theorists and their respective views on what extinction of dinosaurs is demarcated.
In response to what I have gathered so far, I recommend that efforts should be marshaled up towards development of a scheme that brings a better way of understanding the source and cause of the death of dinosaurs. In the long run a proper reason to why they became extinct will be found.
Norell, Mark. Discovering Dinosaurs: Evolution, Extinction, and the Lessons of Prehistory. New York: University of California Press, 2009.
Page, Jake. The great dinosaur extinction controversy. New york: Addison-Wesley, 2011.
Weishampell. Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History. London: Cambridge University Press, 2012.