What Caused Dinosaurs to Become Extinct?

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Sometimes I think that I must have too much time on my hands. Or that I think about things way too much. I have often listened to people discussing (mild word for what usually happens) their view points on religion and God. These discussions often lead to such topics as to whether God even exists, creation of man in the image of God vs. the evolution of man from monkeys and apes, or the creation of the world vs. the big bang theory.

A few days ago, I read a hub titled, Asteroids Killed Off the Dinosaurs!! written by JenJen0703. Her hub caught my attention and then as I read it, I knew I had found someone who had the same sense of humor as I do. In this article she quoted herself as having asked someone, "So, what you are telling me is that every single dinosaur had an asteroid with his or her name on it, created just for their death?" That statement struck me as extremely funny. It sounded like something you would see in the cartoons. Asteroids with names on them, aimed at each dinosaur individually.

There are lots of theories out there about what actually happened to the dinosaurs. I am going to share some of them with you (only briefly – I am no expert) and then I will present another possible option. And that’s all it is – an option. I really have no idea what really happened to the dinosaurs, and I doubt that the actual reason for their extinction will ever be proven. But my crazy theory challenges even their existence. Now if I were you, I'd probably think, "She has finally lost it!" But keep reading ...

First of all, let’s look at some of the other theories. Remember, I am not a science major so there will be many of you out there who have done much more study and research on this topic and I look forward to the discussions that ensue in the comments. My only qualification for writing this hub is that sometimes I think too much … period. Sounds like interesting qualifications, don't you think?

Possible Causes of Dinosaur Extinction

A massive asteroid impact as mentioned in JenJen0703’s hub is one such theory. This impact would have caused an enormous dust cloud to envelop the earth and block out the sun causing an ice age that killed off the dinosaurs. I’m not sure why the dinosaurs died when other plants and animals did not, but … that is one of the theories.

Crater Lake in Oregon created by a volcanic eruption is 6 miles across.
Crater Lake in Oregon created by a volcanic eruption is 6 miles across. | Source

Another theory describes a scenario in which large amounts of acid rain, caused by extreme volcanic activity, which in turn was caused by heavy tectonic activity, fell on the Earth. The effect of this series of events supposedly could have changed the Earth’s climate enough to have caused a mass extinction. One such time of extreme tectonic and volcanic activity occurred when the supercontinent Pangaea was splitting apart into continents in their present forms and to their present locations. The volcanic activity would have thrown much dust and acidic elements into the atmosphere, again causing an ice age as mentioned with the asteroid hit. And then once again, not sure why the dinosaurs died when other plants and animals survived … but it could have happened that way.

March 11, 2011 Japan Tsunami Caused by Earthquake

Another theory that has been bantered about would be caused by changes in the earth’s orbit. Two incidents that could cause these changes might be an asteroid strike or tectonic plate activity. For example, the earthquake in Japan caused a change in the tilt of the Earth on its axis. Changes in the Earth’s orbit could cause climatic cooling. In this theory it is thought that the dinosaurs couldn’t adapt to this climatic cooling, whereas the mammals possessing fur coats could. Therefore, the mammals survived and the dinosaurs did not. Interesting … stranger things have turned out to be true.

Another theory presented supposes that large amounts of methane gas formed around the planet and changed the Earth’s atmosphere. This would cause what we know as the greenhouse effect. It is believed that this large amount of methane gas could have been caused from the digestive processes of plant-eating dinosaurs and/or by deep-sea algae deposits. As an example, cows are known to create much methane through their digestive processes. This greenhouse effect caused climatic changes …

Another theory sets up the scenario of the plant eating dinosaurs over grazing the Earth. This caused an increasing lack of food for them. At the same time the meat eating dinosaurs were killing off too many of the plant eating dinosaurs who were not able to multiply enough to replace those eaten. They both literally ate themselves into starvation. Soon there were not enough plants or meat to keep either type of dinosaur alive.

The last theory put forward states that a nearby supernova (an exploding star) would have caused the Earth to be engulfed in radiation. Yes this would have killed off all the dinosaurs, but it would have also destroyed all other living creatures as well.

Before we move over to play in my sandbox, I want to state that you will need to do so with an open mind. I also need to tell you that I don’t feel a need to defend this theory because it is just a product of my overactive imagination. It’s just another possibility, albeit not as scientific as the ones previously mentioned. In this scenario, not only do you have to keep an open mind, but you will have to think creatively.

Many scientists believe that the dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago. Many Christians believe that the Earth and all that was in it was created approximately 6000 years ago. Let me present to you a scenario that would allow both of these to be correct at the same time. Do I have your attention yet?

Remember, earlier I stated that I was not a scientist, so there will be many more who know so much more than I do about the scientific theories. I would also like to state now, that I am no Bible scholar. There are many much more qualified than I am in this area also. This is just a theory created by an overactive imagination.

Dinosaur Fossil at Beijing Museum
Dinosaur Fossil at Beijing Museum | Source

Another Possible Theory

Let’s suppose that there really is a creator God. And let’s suppose that He did create the entire Earth, and all the surrounding galaxies, in 6 days, 6000 years ago.

Let’s also suppose that He created man. God knew that his creation would be resourceful, ingenious, creative, and inquisitive. He also knew that man would strive to conquer his world, and would need to be challenged in order to survive.

So when creating this world that we live on, God also created dilemmas, mysteries and challenges for us to ponder and solve. He could have created the Earth with all the fossils already in place making it appear as if they had been here 65 million years ago. He could have created fossil records that allowed people to believe that man descended from apes. He could have done this to challenge our minds, but also to challenge our faith. This theory is possible … it’s as possible as any stated above.

In this scenario, we can find dinosaur bones from millions of years ago found on an earth a few thousand years old. That's quite a feat!



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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

wow! what a great hub HSB. At first I though you had been over to the christian vs atheist forum, which can be fun to visit, but this not quite the same. Very well written and very informative. I did not know the earthquake in Japan caused the earth to tilt on its axis. So many theories... I may have to read this again!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown - I used to have that forum in my feed but got tired of all those not so quiet discussions. When I first got on hubpages those discussions fascinated me although I never joined in. I spent so much time lurking, but grew weary of the constant rehashing and attacks. Not my style.

The earthquake did cause a very minimal tilt but I don't recall exactly how much.

I'm glad you found it interesting. Thanks for stopping by!


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

I find those forums to be a great source of intertainment...sadistic of me yes... how can two things be so miserable trying to be right... the truth is they are happy to argue themselves blue. conjecture on my part... I confess I sometimes start religious debate forums just to see how many posts they will get... one is up to about 600 posts... amazing... but I must say... I liked your hub....


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

They can be entertaining, and I can believe that it got that many comments. And I also believe as you do that they have to be enjoying themselves - surely for as long as they keep at it. Glad you enjoyed the hub, and even came back for seconds!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Interesting Hub, and voted that way!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

WillStarr - I'm glad you found it interesting. Thanks for the votes. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

This meshes with my theory that God has a big BBQ and...lol...Like you my friend...I lack any qualifications other than an overactive imagination...I like your overactive imagination and I will endorse your viewpoints...and vote up!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

ThoughtSandwiches - I love BBQ ... Let's see, we could get that with the volcano and the supernova for sure ... now I'm getting hungry.

Thanks for stopping by and reading. Thanks for the comments and the votes! I'm off and in search of the big BBQ in the sky...


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi homesteadbound, it has always been a huge mystery to me that if there is a God who created man then where on earth did the dinosaurs fit in to the whole story? So I quite enjoyed your theory that man needed a challenge. I find it a LOT easier to believe that dinosaurs were here first. I so enjoy how you get my brain thinking with your hubs :-)

Cloverleaf.

Voted up / interesting


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

cloverleaf - it's good to see you back safe and sound after your weekend. Hope it was a good one.

It is nice to think that God would want to challenge us or think us smart enough to need a challenge, isn't it?

I'm glad that I lubed up your gears and got your brain to thinking.

Thanks for the votes and for stopping by!


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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A.

Well done! Thank you for your support!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

JenJen0703 - I'm glad you enjoyed the hub you inspired me to write. Thank you for your support also. I'm glad you were able to stop by!


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

I also read Jen's article. Thanks for putting your very active mind to use in following up on her statement. I agree with you that "God also created dilemmas, mysteries and challenges for us to ponder and solve."


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, MsDora. I have never heard anyone else come up with this scenario. It could have happened that way. I'm glad you agree. Thanks for stopping by.


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

They just found some fossils of ... I think are new dinosaurs...... in Utah


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown - that link had a really cool dinosaur featured. Thanks!


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

I read the article in science illustrated... but did not see the online link for that article. It seems to me there were two new species found.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown - yes, you are correct. But the one pictured looked awesome.


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

until you find it digging up your roses...


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

I have a feeling it would have taken out more than the roses.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi homesteadbound, wow you have put so much work into this hub, it's a brilliant and interesting read.

I've always gone with the theory, they became extinct after all the volcanic activity!

Voting up and best wishes MM


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Movie Master - Thanks so much for stopping by. It could be volcanic activity. We may not ever know!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

This is a great hub Homesteadbound. I have been amazed by dinosaurs for years. You took millions of years and described it well. Voted awesome and useful and up. Well done.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

thelyricwriter - dinosaurs can indeed be fascinating. I think it might be because they seem to be so different from anything we have in the world now, except for some really big lizards. Glad you enjoyed it!


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Admiral_Joraxx 5 years ago from Philippines

Wow, very nice discussion on possible causes of the cretaceous extinction Homesteadbound. The last one you discussed about God's challenge is the most thought provoking. It's really possible. Have you read AnjPerez theory about extinction? in his comment in my T-rex hub? I think its also possible. Dinosaur died out of falling badly in sudden cliffs. The multi-tonner weights of their gigantic bodies made it very dangerous for them if they fall badly. Great piece homesteadbound. 1 vote up useful and beautiful.=)


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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Interesting dinosaur hub, though I'm more in the asteroid camp than god creating fossils for us to ponder on


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Admiral_Joraxx - I am pleased that you founf the theory to be both thought provoking and plausible. So glad you stopped by and shared this info.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

CMHypno - I think that this is what makes this an interesting subject to discuss. There are so many interesting possibilities of what could have happened, yet I really don't think we will ever be able to prove any of them. And to have a method of presenting our beliefs in a pleasant environment is wonderful too.

I just thought of another theory that people have about how the dinosaurs disappeared. I will think about how I want to present it and then have to add it. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the subject.


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Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

Here's my two cents worth: I think the dinosaur remains aren't millions of years old. Supposedly carbon dating can't be relied upon because no one knows how much carbon was in the materials to begin with. I think Noah's flood killed off many of the dinosaurs, and I think the earth was much less habitable to them after the Earth's temperature was no longer humid and a uniform 70 degrees. I think some of them are still with us, but do not live as long or grow as large. There are some lizards that grow continually. Since man was reported to have lived as much as 1,000 years when the earth was new, what if a dinosaur also lived that long? He'd end up pretty big, I think.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Silver Poet - that is exactly the theory that I stated I was going to add to this list of scenarios. You beat me to it. But I too have questioned the validity of carbon dating. That's for you two cents - I think it was worth a whole lot more than that!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent hub! I'm so intriqued by dinosaurs! I've seen Jurassic Park many, many times, that's about as close as I'll ever want to be to a live dinosaur! hahaha!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Sunshine625 - That might be a little closer than I want to get. They are just plain too big for MY own good! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

VERY interesting hub. Voted up! What about the possibility that our time and God's time are different. It says that the world was created in 6 days, but what if that was 6 God days and thousands or millions of years for humans. What if He was creating animals and made dinos (which I think are really interesting and cool too) and decided they wouldn't mesh with the bigger picture? Just another possibility from another very overactive mind. :)


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

LABrashear - You are right. That is another Theory That I will need to add. Anything is possible especially for those of us with over active minds. :)


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rosettaartist1 5 years ago from United Kingdom

So many theories. I saw on the news that they'd discovered a dinosaur which had feathers. Kinda challenges the view that they were all scaly if they didn't fly and I just wonder were some furry.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Interesting theories but some are really funny and absurd. A great piece all the way!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

rosettaartist1 - It's good to see you. I have missed your comments. There is a theory that our present day birds are descendants of dinosaurs which is an amazing theory given how small birds are. Now you've got me wondering if the pterodactyl had feathers? And as to whether some had fur - that's an excellent question. Thanks for stopping by and jump starting my overactive imagination.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

ubani - this is the first hub that I have written that has gotten scored all the way across the board. It is very intereseting how what one person would consider as being beautiful and awesome, another would find to be funny. I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

Homesteadbound: Please do add your theory. I'd love to hear it in your words and from your point of view.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

I did at the very end, under the heading "Another Possible Theory". I explained how it's possible that the dinosaurs never even existed, and how that could even be possible.


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Julz09 5 years ago

interesting hub, enjoyed reading it!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Julz09 - I'm glad you found it interesting. Thanks for stopping by!


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doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

There are villages in China with written records going back past 6000 years.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

doodlebugs - that's interesting information that I did not know. So what is your take on the extinction of dinosaurs?


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

My theory is that scientists haven't gotten carbon dating right. Because dinosaurs were so big, they couldn't move as quickly when the ice age (or whatever happened) approached to move to warmer areas. Just my wild guess.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Barbara Kay - your guess is as good as anyone else's. We will probably never know! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your opinion. It is valued!


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

I read somewhere... that scientist believe a giant asteroid struck the earth and caused a virtual nuclear winter. If you look at the earth... it is not round... it has a large dent. Such an impact would have caused a great deal of sudden change. most creatures can not stand sudden changes in living conditions.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hello, davenmidtown. An ocean or two, or parts of them could be caused by such impacts. Where is the large dent you speak of centered?


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

Before the flood, the earth was like a terrarium (a firmament above) and the orbits of the planets were symmetrical. The Earth had very little variation in temperature from north to south or day to night and there was no change in the weather. Recent discoveries of sub-tropical plants in the Arctic, support this. God intervened and disrupted the symetry and loosed the waters. After the firmament rained down, the earth became as we know it with constantly changing weather. The dinosaurs could not survive in the fluctuating temperatures. Actually, some dinosaurs did survive. Alligators, crocodiles, iguanas, monitors, etc. were better equipped.

Hey, whatever, it is as good as anything you get in a text book.


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

I was trying to find where I had read that. I seem to remember that it was a northern hemisphere impact but not where it was. I will keep researching this.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

WD Curry 111 - A very well thought out presentation. I to believe that it did not rain until after the flood. I had not considered that there would not be fluctuating temps before that. I like that idea. The whole earth had the potential of being a garden of Eden. Great comment!

Thanks for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown, I will anxiously await your answer! I know there was a big impact in Oregon and one in Mexico, if that helps.


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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

HSB, I love your theory! I'm a young Earth creationist believer, but I like how you took an out-of-the-box view that allows that maybe both sides of the issue have some validity. Voted up and sent to my more radical leaning friends to see what they think :)


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Donna- It was just a thought. I do sometimes think out of the box. I think that comes from having been a mechanical designer many years ago. But I still think like one. Always inquisitive and always thinking. Thanks for stopping by. Hope some of your friends comment ant let me know what they think.


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anjperez 4 years ago

HSB, my theory is very simple. there must have been a massive movement in the earth's crust. the fields where the dinosaur grazed must have greatly shifted creating deep cliffs, massive craters. the terrain was very rugged. one small move and they fall into the ditch. unable to move, immobile, they died a natural death. the earth's crust continued to move, shaking and shifting. covering the dead dinosaurs. why i say so, is because of the well preserved fossils we can retrieve nowadays. that will explain why they died and yet other creatures lived (plants and mammals). just my theory. i am not sure...


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

anjperez - That is another great theory. Thanks so much for sharing it here. I have not heard this one before. So glad to see you here. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

interesting My mom ascribes to the same theory. She thinks God gave us fossils as a puzzle to challenge our minds. You two must think alike :-)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

PDXKaraokeGuy - That really is interesting. I have never heard of anyone else who thought this. We must indeed think alike. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing this tidbit of info.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

you're welcome... i hadn't either, so, you can imagine my surprise upon reading your hub!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks so much - I was pretty surprised myself!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

i guess that means that you and my mom would get along :-)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

PDXKaraokeGuy - probably so, but does that also mean I am old enough to be your mother ... where does time go?


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

I believe that there was a massive volcanic eruption which kill off the dinosaur. The smoke from the eruption created rain cloud that poison the dinosaur water source.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

cebutouristspot - It certainly could have happened that way. We may never know. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

cindy, my mother is 58, so, i dunno...


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Yep, I am 53, so ...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

so you're both young :-)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

PDXKaraokeGuy - that was a smooth answer. I like it! Thanks!


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Cindy if you round up your 55...


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MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

Excellent article with supportive links


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

HSB, great hub. While I am a practicing Catholic, I don't believe the creation story. To me it is as other parables are, to prove a point or to explain an idea.

However, as there is insufficient evidence either way, your idea is as good as any. In fact, it can be argued that I created everything that is currently known the moment I was born, and when I die all of it will be lost again. And this holds true for everyone.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown - I am not sure how to take that, I was hoping to round down!

MG Singh - I am glad that you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

Phil Plasma - now that is one I had not considered, even with my active imagination! very interesting ... so does that me you created me as well, and that I created you? that is a paradox!


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leroy64 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

Interesting article. I like the theory you put forward that God is challenging his children. Parents always mess with their kids minds, I think. After all, we are supposed to be made in God's image.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

You have my permission to round down to at least my age...


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

leroy64 - lol - yes, God could mess with our minds and more if He wanted to.

davenmidtown - thanks! I think I will do the rounding down, but that will make me fall a bit short. lol


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

a bit short of?


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown - to be as young as you are!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Hey sweet friend.. this subject matter is fasanating.. to say the least. Love your hub.

Debbie


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Deborah! So glad you std by! You are right it is fascinatiing!

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