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Re: Could insects have caused dinosaur extinctions?



On Tue, 11 Sep 2007, Anthony Docimo wrote:
Now that's impressive. From 'insects may have used chemical weapons during the Mesozoic' to 'insects may have helped drive dinosaurs to extinction'. An olympic pole-vaulter would be envious of such a leap.

wasn't that the premise behind the book "Dust" a while back? the insect populations undergo periodic drops, causing mass extinctions by the chaos of other critters (ie spiders and bats) trying to fill insect niches.

Had to look this up. Wasn't periodic drops, but some sort of weird nature gone wild - cannibal mites...

http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue62/books.html