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What If The Dinosaurs Had Never Died Out?

Updated on June 09, 2016

The Moment That The Age Of The Dinosaurs Ended

The asteroid that spelt the end of the dinosaurs measured just 6 miles wide, but hit with the force of 10 billion atomic bombs, the result was the extinction of 70 per cent of all life on Earth.
The asteroid that spelt the end of the dinosaurs measured just 6 miles wide, but hit with the force of 10 billion atomic bombs, the result was the extinction of 70 per cent of all life on Earth. | Source

What If The Asteroid Had Missed?

65 million years ago, the dinosaurs had a very bad day; a massive asteroid that measured 6 miles across, that had been ploughing through the Solar System for millions of years, crashed into the Gulf of Mexico to put an end to the 170 million year dinosaurian reign. But it was by no means inevitable that their reign was to end at that time. Today the odds of a similarly large asteroid hitting the Earth are literally millions to one, and the odds back then were just as great.

But what if the asteroid had missed? Would the dinosaurs still be around today? Would they still dominate? Would we and the rest of the mammals still exist as we are today or would we still be little scurrying rodent-like creatures darting in and around the feet of the dinosaurian heavyweights?

Dinosaurs were quite simply all of the superlatives that we love so much; they were the biggest, the heaviest, the meanest and the longest; they really had it all covered, and their incredible diversity shows that whatever ecological challenge they were presented with, they were able to deal with it. Even at the end of the Cretaceous Period they were still extremely successful. In the badlands of Alberta for example, dozens of different dinosaur species have been unearthed all dating from the same point in time. It’s probable that if the asteroid had missed, then dinosaurs would still be the dominant form of life on Earth today. In that case, then the large mammals that we are so familiar with such as elephants would probably have never evolved, due to the simple fact that there was no ecological niche for them to occupy.

So, we can imagine an alternate African Serengeti, with massive plant devouring sauropods and triceratops marching slowly across the plains, being tracked by the fearsome tyrannosaurs, the replacement for lions. In place of hyenas, you may have smaller scavengers such as velociraptors, who may have been effective hunters as well, just like hyenas and jackals.

Could This...

A reconstruction of the head and neck of a Troodon a late Cretaceous theropod dinosaur.
A reconstruction of the head and neck of a Troodon a late Cretaceous theropod dinosaur. | Source

...Have Evolved Into This?

The hypothetical dinosauroid- an example of how Troodon may have evolved if the asteroid had missed.
The hypothetical dinosauroid- an example of how Troodon may have evolved if the asteroid had missed. | Source

Intelligent Dinosaurs?

If the dinosaurs had never died out, then could one of them have possibly evolved sentient like intelligence similar to us? It’s certainly a fanciful notion, but not altogether impossible, after all if an alien visited Earth in the aftermath of the K/T (Cretaceous/Tertiary) extinction could they have foreseen the evolution of humans from small tiny mammals that mostly resembled modern shrews? Perhaps the most ‘advanced’ dinosaur known to have been living at the time of the extinction was a small theropod called Troodon. They were small, upright dinosaurs that walked in a bipedal fashion and lived in large groups. Even more compelling was that detailed analysis of their brain structure seems to suggest that they possessed very good vision and even potentially the ability to solve complex problems.

So with its large, substantial brain, long grasping hands and big eyes, could Troodon have wandered down the same evolutionary path as ourselves, to not only possess a similar level of intelligence, but even come to resemble us physically? Some palaeontologists think that it’s likely that at least one kind of dinosaur could have evolved along the same sort of lines as primates or humans. Their argument centres on the fact that we humans are an incredibly successful form of life, and so if intelligence is a good solution for us, then why shouldn’t it be a good solution for dinosaurs?

However, most contemporary palaeontologists think that the notion of a dinosaur humanoid or dinosauroid is far-fetched and a total insult to the dinosaurs and I agree with them. We humans often develop this arrogant tendency to believe that we represent some sort of evolutionary pinnacle or end point, instead we are just one of millions and millions of natural experiments operating in the world today. I find it highly doubtful that the dinosaurs would have evolved to look anything like a person, they would have probably continued to evolve along the dinosaurian trajectory, getting bigger brains and bigger eyes, but not necessarily evolving the same kind of intelligence as us.

The One Environment That Dinosaurs Never Conquered

The fact that dinosaurs never became arboreal means that humans may have evolved regardless of whether the dinosaurs survived or not.
The fact that dinosaurs never became arboreal means that humans may have evolved regardless of whether the dinosaurs survived or not. | Source

A Replacement For The Pig?

If large mammals did not exist, then would we humans be farming Protoceratops for their meat and eggs instead?
If large mammals did not exist, then would we humans be farming Protoceratops for their meat and eggs instead? | Source

Man's Alternate Best Friend?

If the asteroid had missed, then it's likely that dogs would have never evolved. Instead the charismatic Heterodontosaurus may have become our best friend.
If the asteroid had missed, then it's likely that dogs would have never evolved. Instead the charismatic Heterodontosaurus may have become our best friend. | Source

Would Humans Have Evolved?

It’s one of the ultimate palaeontological fantasies; the chance to live in a world where dinosaurs don’t just exist as bones, where they instead live amongst us. But the fundamental question behind this fantasy is this; would we have managed to evolve in the first place if the asteroid had missed? Well, while it’s unlikely that most modern mammals would have evolved, with us though the situation is less clear, because we currently know of no dinosaur that ever managed to adapt to an arboreal lifestyle, which is where of course most of our ancestors lived and where our nearest relatives still live today.

In the case of we primates, it wasn’t so much the extinction of the dinosaurs that was crucial to our evolution, but rather instead the evolution of flowering of fruiting trees which occurred during the Late Cretaceous Period. Without a food source as sweet and succulent as fruit and flowers, it’s highly unlikely that we and indeed any of the primates would have ever evolved our forward facing eyes, grasping hands, agile brains and wonderful colour vision, which is crucial for when picking out ripe, colourful fruit in the green gloom of the forest.

Let’s imagine then that somehow that we managed to evolve in a world still dominated by dinosaurs. How would we interact with our dinosaurian neighbours? Well, quite likely we would utilise and marvel at dinosaurs in the same way that we do so with the animals that share our world today. Although things may be slightly different, for example in the absence of mammalian livestock, there would be no such thing as dairy produce, no wool and probably no domestic companionship due to the absence of dogs. We would probably use dinosaur skin as a substitute for leather, other than that we would probably mostly utilise the dinosaurs for their eggs, their meat and their charisma. For example, a Protoceratops was roughly the size of a pig, yielding high quantities of meat as well as producing a surplus of eggs. Meanwhile, the closest equivalent to a dog may come in the form of a Heterodontosaurus, a small, bipedal, herbivorous dinosaur with a parrot like beak and inquisitive nature. It would probably make an ideal pet, especially if you have young children.

What about the rest of the dinosaur menagerie? How would we interact with them? Well, we can gain an insight by looking at how we interact with our mammalian kin. As well as using them to produce food and goods, we also hunt them for sport. Maybe, instead of hunting down bears and the like for trophies, we’d be targeting sauropods and hadrosaurs and mounting their heads on hunting lodges instead of elk and bison. We would probably also have the dinosaurian equivalents of the so called pest species we know today, such as rats and foxes. It’s possible that aforementioned Troodon, instead of evolving into some kind of dinosaur humanoid instead developed into an intelligent, gregarious ‘pest’, invading our cities, raiding our garbage and generally serving as a source of irritation in the same way that squirrels, foxes and racoons often do with us.

Could The Dinosaurs Have Survived This?

The Ice Ages, began 2.5 million years ago and continue to this day. There are some experts that think even if the asteroid had missed, then the Ice Age would have eventually finished them off.
The Ice Ages, began 2.5 million years ago and continue to this day. There are some experts that think even if the asteroid had missed, then the Ice Age would have eventually finished them off. | Source

Feathered Dinosaurs

A reconstruction of a Velociraptor with a full covering of feathers. Far from being sluggish reptiles, dinosaurs were warm-blooded, fast moving, fast growing, intelligent and very adaptable.
A reconstruction of a Velociraptor with a full covering of feathers. Far from being sluggish reptiles, dinosaurs were warm-blooded, fast moving, fast growing, intelligent and very adaptable. | Source

Would Dinosaurs Have Survived The Ice Age?

There are some scientists that believe that the dinosaurs were an extinction waiting to happen. The belief is that even if the asteroid had have missed, then they would have been finished off by the brutal Ice Ages which began 2.5 million years ago and still continues today. The foundation of this theory is the belief that the dinosaurs were what we call reptiles, the connotations of this are that they were cold blooded, slow moving, sprawling, had scaly skin and weren't altogether bright in the brain department. This was a belief that was particularly prevalent among early palaeontologists’ who imagined that the dinosaurs became extinct, simply because they couldn't compete with our fast moving and intelligent mammalian ancestors.

But more recent discoveries have largely blown this belief right out of the water. Dinosaur fossils have been found in both Polar Regions, revealing once and for all that these animals were far more adaptable than previously thought. It’s likely that most, if not all of the dinosaurs were warm blooded, on account of the fact that they possessed large body sizes, with legs positioned directly underneath rather than sprawling at the side. Cold blooded reptiles need to have a sprawling body plan because their body temperature is governed by the environment around them, thus making it essential that they remain close to the ground. By analysing their bones, scientists have discovered that they possess far greater similarities with mammals and birds than reptiles, especially in terms of their growth rate which is much faster than contemporary reptiles such as crocodiles and turtles.

Dinosaurs were superbly adapted to the challenge of maintaining a consistent body temperature. In other words, they were more than ideally equipped to survive almost anything that the constantly changing planet could throw at them. We now know that some smaller dinosaur species possessed feathers, thus providing the perfect insulation against the worst affects of any Ice Age.

Introducing Modern Dinosaurs...

Emus are an exceptionally ancient bird species and one of the most dinosaurian looking of birds.
Emus are an exceptionally ancient bird species and one of the most dinosaurian looking of birds. | Source
Cassowaries are one of just two species of bird that have actually killed humans through physical violence. They are highly territorial and will attack anything that comes too close.
Cassowaries are one of just two species of bird that have actually killed humans through physical violence. They are highly territorial and will attack anything that comes too close. | Source
Mute swans will attack anything that enters their territory including dogs and humans. Before they attack, they will hiss at the intruder, which has an eerie dinosaur like sound.
Mute swans will attack anything that enters their territory including dogs and humans. Before they attack, they will hiss at the intruder, which has an eerie dinosaur like sound. | Source

The Feet Of A Dinosaur

All birds have three toed or tridactyl feet. A feature they share with theropod dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus.
All birds have three toed or tridactyl feet. A feature they share with theropod dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus. | Source

Why Dinosaurs Should Still Be Feared

Are Dinosaurs Still Around Today?

This is the other great palaeontological fantasy, the notion that in some far flung corner of the world, far from the prying eyes of civilisation is a place where dinosaurs still exist. This fantasy was immortalised by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpiece, The Lost World, where a Victorian professor discovers a ‘lost world’ in an isolated area of South America. The notion of dinosaurs still existing today was taken to the extreme by the Jurassic Park film franchise which explored the consequences of reviving long dead dinosaurs through genetic engineering for business and entertainment purposes. Even more intriguing are the folk tales of tribal people such as the Baka Pygmies’ who live in the Congo rain-forest. Their tales speak of a mysterious large animal, termed ‘Mokele Mbembe’, which is thought to resemble a medium sized sauropod such as an Apatosaurus. There are also similar stories that are told among the tribes- people of Indonesia and New Guinea; it’s interesting how these stories tend to come from largely forested areas. But is there any truth behind these stories, or are they just a wild fantasy? Could any large dinosaur have possibly have survived for 65 million years totally undetected and totally isolated from the rest of the world. It would be foolish to dismiss it outright, because you just never know.

However, in one sense, the notion of dinosaurs still surviving today is not fantasy, it’s the truth and the evidence is everywhere; dinosaurs are all around us. I can guarantee you an encounter with a dinosaur, all you have to do is to walk into your garden and sit still and quiet for a minute or two. You may catch a glimpse of a bird say a pigeon or a crow, and there you have it; there’s your encounter, because you see, birds are dinosaurs. How do we know this? Well, all modern birds have wings that are basically enlarged hands, with the middle finger being the longest, the same trait is recorded in all theropod dinosaurs including Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus. The feet of birds is also a dead giveaway, especially in the large flightless species such as emus, which possess long scaly legs with three-toed feet, again with the middle toe being the longest. The footprints of emus and other large flightless birds bear an eerie resemblance to the theropod dinosaurs.

One of the most intuitive pieces of evidence that supports the fact that birds are dinosaurs is the humble wishbone, familiar to anyone who has enjoyed a good Sunday roast or Thanksgiving dinner. All modern birds have a wishbone, and so did the theropod dinosaurs, again including the most famous forms. In fact the wishbone is a very ancient feature of the theropod dinosaurs, appearing in some of the earliest theropods that lived during the Triassic Period such as Coelophysis.

Birds are dinosaurs, in the same way that we humans are apes, we share over 98 per cent of our DNA with chimpanzees. Likewise, birds share a high portion of their DNA with theropod dinosaurs; being direct descendents. In fact, the most iconic of all the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus is more closely related to modern birds than to the other kinds of dinosaurs and crocodiles who bear a superficial resemblance only. Like mammals, dinosaurs needed to solve the problem of keeping warm in a world that was gradually cooling down. They evolved a layer of downy filaments called feathers, which originally served the exact same function as fur in mammals. Flight, it seems came much later, and was merely a by-product of feather evolution rather than the cause of it.

Dinosaurs are not only here, but they actually outnumber the mammals in terms of species by almost double. It’s estimated that there are around 6000 species of mammal, while the birds/dinosaurs are way out in front with 10,000. So in a sense, you could say that the Age of the Dinosaurs never actually ended, and we just think that we’re on top. It’s likely that dinosaurs will be around long after we have become extinct. They may no longer inspire all of the superlatives we ascribe to their monstrous ancestors, but without them our world would be a very different place. We depend on dinosaurs more than we actually think; we eat them, farm them, hunt them, study them and marvel at them. Imagine if you could never eat chicken again, or marvel at the sight of an eagle soaring majestically across an azure blue sky, or be moved by the beauty of bird song when you enter a forest. The world would indeed be a sad place if all of the dinosaurs were truly extinct.

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      Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      This article is very well thought out and interesting. It certainly does make us wonder what if these giant creatures still were among us. Good job, JKenny. Voted up and interesting.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      James, amazing hub with great photos and videos - you have outdone yourself here. Amazing that creatures around today like emu and swans still have the same inate instincts when their territiory is compromised. I'm not keen on the idea of dinosaurs evolving into humans, not sure about that :o) Voted up, pinned etc.

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      Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      I've considered this. I wish I knew a dinosaur or two. One of my favorite movies is Jurassic Park.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Diana, I used to wonder what it would be like all of the time. But for me, having the feathered dinosaurs is good enough. I love the fact that some of them survived, it means that dinosaurs of one form or another have been around for over 200 million years. Thanks for popping by.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Jools, I'm not keen on the whole dino humanoid thing either, I think its degrading to them, because in many ways they were far more successful than we ever will be. I mean, we've only been around for 200,000 years. We've got another 200 million years to get through before we can claim to have been a bigger success than the dinosaurs. Somehow I doubt whether we'll do that. Thanks for popping by.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thank you Heather , I love Jurassic Park too. I love watching birds such as crows and magpies and imagining them as velociraptors or even T-Rex. Thanks for popping by.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Extremely well presented. Loads of information and ideas to stir the thoughts. I don't see the dinosaurs evolving into the human like creatures though. Man could probably found pockets where the animal life were rare, evolved as he has, and continued in his efforts to destroy nature and its offerings as he does today. Great Hub!

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thanks Richard, personally I think we're rather weird and strange and a bit of an evolutionary freak, because of our absurdly large brains that seemed to have bought us more trouble than success. I think dinosaurs are fine as they are, and the birds go to show that they have remained successful over the last 65 million years. We just think we're on top, but the fact of the matter is, that we need birds/dinosaurs more than they need us. Thanks again for popping by.

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Excellent article. A pleasure to read.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Superb article James!! I'll never look at birds the same way again. We have Sandhill Cranes that stroll our neighborhood daily. They are about 4 feet in height. Very peaceful and beautiful birds. I wrote a hub about them. They posed for photos:) I enjoyed your article thoroughly. Well done!

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thank you Angelo, very glad you liked. Appreciate the visit. Thank you for visiting.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Linda, I remember when I first realised that birds and dinosaurs are the same thing, and going out into the garden and telling the local robin that he was a dinosaur hehehe! Awesome!! It's funny, my brother always used to say that geese reminded him of dinosaurs and that was when we were kids. Thanks for popping by Linda.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Nice research. I love the idea of the dinosaurs evolving and still being around today. I would love to know that a world ending meteorite will not actually destroy everything on earth.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thanks Austinstar, I love it too, every time I look at a bird, I see a dinosaur. Its such an awesome thing to know that they survived the meteor impact and flourished in its aftermath. Thanks for popping by.

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      ToraMyuu 4 years ago

      This makes me want to write a story in which Earth still has dinosaurs in our day and age..... But this brings to question how we would handle Mr. T-rex, would we kill them, or tame them?? Ooooo!! Story line!!

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Now that would be a story I wouldn't mind reading, as for T-Rex. I think we would treat them in a similar way to mammalian carnivores. Some of us would fear, but respect and want to protect them; others would just simply want to kill them. I, personally would be in the former myself. I love the big cats, and think its such a shame that they are dangling on the edge of extinction. I would love T-Rex in the same way. Thanks for popping by Tora.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I think how we treat dinosaurs (if they still were hanging around) would depend entirely on how well they taste!

      I think we would domesticate as many as possible, like elephants. That would depend on how intelligent they were, which I'm guessing was pretty smart.

      Or maybe they would domesticate us!

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      I agree Austinstar, there would probably only be a few species eligible for domestication, and we would take advantage of them.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Can you imagine if dinosaurs had developed sentience, as well as us.

      Would two sentient species be able to share the planet?

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very interesting hub JKenny. It is interesting that in the form of birds, dinosaurs are still a dominant species on earth. I guess that means that the asteroid didn't kill all of the dinosaurs. Some theropods at least must have been left to evolve into birds. Great job!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Interesting. I will have to ask my son about this. He is a professional "bone head", working on his Phd.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Chris, to be honest I don't think it would be possible, as I'm pretty sure that one species would eventually wipe out the other. After all, it now seems that the Neanderthals were every bit as intelligent as us, and yet we managed to wipe them out. Thanks for popping by my friend.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Teresa, I personally love the fact that the dinosaurs are still on top, it takes away an element of grandeur when thinking about humans. For all our success, dinosaurs have been dominant for over 200 million years, and will probably continue to dominate long after we're gone. Thanks for popping by.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Mhatter, I'd be very interested to hear your sons opinion, being a professional 'bone head' and all. Glad you liked the article. Thanks for popping by.

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      greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

      Your hub about dinosaurs and what impacts they can inflicts if they are still existing today is really interesting. It is very informative. Voted up, shared, and more

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thank you greeneryday, very glad you liked it. Thanks for popping by.

    • Sam 4 years ago

      Very impressive and well written article JKenny. You just taught me some things about birds that I did not know. I knew that birds were related to dinosaurs but I did not know they outnumber mammals. I love dinosaurs and plan on becoming a paleontologist or maybe a herpetologist because I love reptiles too. I am not sure when yet but I plan on starting my own hubpage account devoted entirely to topics of dinosaurs, other prehistoric life, and paleontology. Well keep writing this was an outstanding article.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thanks for stopping by Sam. Best of luck in trying to become a paleontologist- I hope you make it. I look forward to reading your work on HP, especially if its all about dinosaurs. I've been here for 9 months and its definitely the best thing I've ever done, because not only do I get to write about the things I love, but I get paid for them too. Can't wait to see you on here.

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      Very interesting, the thought of dinosaurs of millions of years ago and humans co-existing and what it might be like and what the relationship would be between us. Also interesting that dinosaurs are still here, and many of us have not been aware of it. It is fun too to speculate about alternative evolution.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Nate, what fascinates me more is that we've been coexisting with dinosaurs for our entire history without realising it until recently. But still it is fun to speculate about how life may have turned out if the asteroid had missed. I think the only thing that I could say with a degree of certainty is that we wouldn't be here. Thanks for popping by.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Hi JKenny it's me Sam (you can keep calling me Sam you don't have to call me by my screen name.) I have my own hubpage account now I just started it last night so there are not a lot of articles yet but I will get to it stop by if you are interested. :)

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Sam, welcome aboard, glad to have you with us. I see you've written a hub about Jurassic Park, sounds interesting. I'll check it out. By the way are you on Facebook at all Sam?

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Thank you very much JKenny I am glad to be on. I don't have a Facebook page but my mom has been trying to get me one. Well if I do get one I will let you know. :)

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Hi JKenny. At the moment you can't read my hubs unless you click on activity and click on them from there because my content page currently says no content yet. I don't know how long that will last but hopefully it wont last to long I thibk it is because I edited my profile last night I posted a picture of myself. :)

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Sam, you have to wait 24 hours for Hubpages approves your hub, then it will appear in your content. I'll swing on by when I get a moment, don't worry.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Hi JKenny my articles are starting to reappear so far only one has though the dinosaur retro-engineering article I put in a photo and a link if you want to see.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Okay, that's great Sam. I'll swing by when I get a moment.

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      sharonsianna 4 years ago

      are you a scientist ? and do you believe in paranormal ?

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      sharonsianna 4 years ago

      i think about this all the time and picture the dino's crushing me and me in return hunting the to extinction...i would have to be invinceble to do that wouldn't i?

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Well...you have a very vivid imagination.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      In answer to the first question...I wish, although I do have an Uncle who's an astrophysicist; and in answer to the second question...nope!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      This is an interesting Hub with brilliant imagination.

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thank you very much jainismus.

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      bucker98 3 years ago

      It's interesting that the dinosaurs, from being massive predators, designed for size and power have to evolve for speed, agility, and flight which somehow made them a little bit of a lesser species. My question is, why did they have to do that if they are so adaptable and versatile, being able to survive a meteor strike and a brutal ice age? Just wondering. There's got to be a good reason..

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi bucker, firstly to clarify- dinosaurs are not a species instead they are a group. I'm not quite sure what you're trying to ask, as avian dinosaurs (birds) lived alongside the more 'typical' dinosaurs such as T-Rex. And to call them lesser animals is unfair, as in reality there's no such thing. It's just the way we look at the world, we humans love to categorise and rank things, even life.

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      bucker98 3 years ago

      Now there's someone who knows what he's talking about. Clearly I don't know a thing about dinosaurs. Thanks for the enlightenment, Kenny. And you're right. There's no such thing as a lesser creature. That's cold water splashed on my face. Hehe

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      samowhamo 3 years ago

      Hey JKenny I have an article here you might like (Why I Love Dinosaurs is not the title I changed it).

      http://samowhamo.hubpages.com/hub/Why-I-Love-Dinos...

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      No problem bucker, glad to have been of help.

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thanks Sam, I'll stop by and check it out when I get a moment.

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      Aaron C 3 years ago from Florida, USA

      This is brilliant, from concept to execution, and I want to compliment you on your unique ideas, the amount of thought you clearly put into this, and your clear writing style. I enjoy historical articles, and look forward to seeing what else you have written.

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thank you so much for your kind words, really appreciate it.

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      Jo 3 years ago from Isle of Wight UK

      This is officially the first hub that I have read, so I am glad I started here. The article possess many questions as to how the Earth may have turned out.

      There is still great speculation as to what actually happened to some 97% of life, and why indeed other species survived during the popular 'meteor theory', but nevertheless dinosaurs and their legacy will continue to enchant children and adults alike for years to come. Enjoyable read.

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thank you very much, and welcome to Hubpages. Of course the most fascinating aspect concerning the dinosaur extinction, is that there are still dinosaurs around today. So it's actually wrong to say that they died out as a whole.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 3 years ago from Tumkur

      A good article.but I wish to react in a lighter way. If Dinosaurs did exist, no film on them ,Scientific fantasies, would not have been produced, as they would not have allowed man to survive doing the film!

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Oh I think they would. After all, we still make films about sharks, and they're still very much with us. Plus, remember that dinosaurs still exist in the form of birds and some of the scariest films out there have birds in them. Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds' comes to mind. Anyway thank you very much for popping by and commenting.

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      Jeff Duff 3 years ago from Southwest Wisconsin

      Don't forget 'The Raven': "Nevermore".

      Great Hub and a great topic! If I had known that dinosaurs were so popular, I would have written more about them.

      I have decided to become one your followers. I would follow you anywhere!

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thank you very much Jeff, really appreciate it!

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 3 years ago from Philippine

      Great hub! you have done well with it. I just can't imagine, if man's bestfriend is a domesticated T-Rex! if we ever been evolved to our features. Plus, what kind of life style do we have today if the asteroid really missed. anyway, that would be cool for a day, since we never saw a live one. And afterwards, its ecological effects would kick off and we should be saying "hope the asteroid hits" because it wont be that easy living with giants. voted up!

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      ChrisIndellicati 3 years ago from New York, NY

      Really fascinating and well written hub. I do want to point out that there were 1 or 2 arboreal dinosaurs discovered. EPIDENDROSAURUS and MICRORAPTOR are believed to have lived primarily in trees. Still your article is bangin' and voted up and interesting.

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Oh right, thanks for that Chris. I have actually heard of Microraptor, I'd forgotten that it was an arboreal non-avian dinosaur- so I appreciate that. Thanks for popping by and commenting.

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      samowhamo 3 years ago

      Hey JKenny if you are interested I just wrote an article about a very interesting dinosaur related game.

      http://samowhamo.hubpages.com/hub/Dino-Crisis-Game...

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thanks Sam. I remember playing Dino Crisis. I'd actually forgotten about it until now.

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      EJ Lambert 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Then I guess reptile would be a MUCH bigger part of the human diet...

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Well yes, that's assuming that humans would have evolved in the first place. Thanks for popping by.

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      EJ Lambert 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Not the optimistic type I see.

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hmmm I wouldn't say that. I'm more of a realist.

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