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Re: Stupid "Theories"
On Fri, 23 Apr 2004, [iso-8859-1] Simon M. Clabby wrote:
> I'm working on a website at the moment called "Stupid
> Dinosaur 'Theories'", in which I include some of the
> more unlikely, and in some cases frankly stupid,
> "theories" that have been published about dinosaurs in
> the past, and I would be interested in some of your
This might fall in the unlikely category:
Fewer females wiped out dinosaurs
Too many males may have been the reason the dinosaurs died out 65 million
years ago, say Leeds University scientists.
They believe the dinosaurs could have been like modern-day reptiles such
as crocodiles whose sex depends upon the temperature before they are born.
The idea is that the asteroid which struck changed the world's climate,
causing it to be cooler and leading to the birth of a preponderance of
The male-female imbalance would have led to the dinosaurs' extinction.
David Miller, of the University of Leeds, and colleagues ran an analysis
that showed a temperature shift could theoretically have led to a
preponderance of males among the dinosaurs.