A leading group of scientists have concluded that a single giant asteroid killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago — finding overwhelming evidence to support the theory over alternative theories such as a massive earthquake or multiple asteroids. The team, however, failed to include a single creationist who could point out that, since the Earth is only 5000 years old, leading scientists like Sarah Palin have found that they are 64,994,999 years off.
The asteroid impacted about 6 miles in diameter slammed into the Gulf of Mexico and, according to the team, was “more powerful than all the atomic weapons on the planet going off all at once” — the equivalent to 100 million tons of TNT. It produced an impact crater that was 24 miles deep and 125 miles wide in Chicxulub, Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula.
The crater contains rock with concentrations of iridium and platinum, which are characteristic of the chemical fingerprints of the asteroid. The impact also is believed to have triggered a massive fireball and a massive earthquake.
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