Did DINOSAURS Beat Man To The MOON?
Bones from giant reptiles were flung into space when the extinction-event asteroid smashed into the Earth 66 million years ago, scientists claim.
- An excerpt from 'The End of the World' by Peter Brannen was shared to Twitter
- It describes the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago
- The asteroid 'punched a hole of outer space vacuum in the atmosphere'
- Debris was expelled from the impact that was mixed with dinosaur bones
- With this in mind, the scientists says there are probably bones on the moon
Although Neil Armstrong was the first human to step foot on the moon in 1967, dinosaurs may have beat him to it 66 million years prior – or at least pieces of the prehistoric creatures did.
The claim stems from Peter Brannen's 2017 book, 'The End of the World,' which was recently shard on Twitter by blogger Matt Austin.
An excerpt describes the violent asteroid as it ripped a 'hole of outer space vacuum in the atmosphere.'
This sent debris flying into to orbit and 'bits of dinosaurs' may have been mixed up in the enormous volume of earth that expelled into space - all of which settled on the moon.
The catastrophic asteroid crashed into what experts say was at the 'deadliest possible angle' when it came barreling into what is now Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.
Brannen, who is an award-winning science journalist, writes that the asteroid was larger than Mount Everest and came crashing through the atmosphere 20 times faster than a speeding bullet.
'This is so fast that it would have traversed the distance from the cruising altitude of a 747 to the ground in 0.3 seconds,' the book reads.
The book includes comments from geophysicist Mario Rebolledo at the Centro de Investigación who told Brannen: 'The pressure of the atmosphere front of the asteroid started excavating the crater before it even got there.'
Although there is no evidence to support claims in 'The End of the World,' scientists have been able to piece together the events that unfolded.
The asteroid left a 120-mile-wide crater at the disaster zone, vaporizing rock and sending billions of tons of sulfur and carbon dioxide into the prehistoric skies.
All living things within hundreds of miles of the impact site would have been incinerated within minutes.
Meanwhile, the dust cloud generated by the impact would have blocked out the sun — likely triggering a 'nuclear winter' and seeing temperatures plunge, acid rain falling from the skies and 75 percent of living species wiped out.
'It would have felt like the ground beneath your feet had become a ship in the middle of the ocean,' said earth and space science professor Mark Richards at the University of Washington.
'Then rocks would have bombarded you from a boiling sky that was beginning to take on a hazy glow. It would have seemed like the end of the world.'