Skip to comments.Were the dinosaurs done in by fungus?
Posted on 02/22/2005 11:40:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv
"The forests went out. The fungi proliferated, and the Earth became a giant compost pile. An enormous number of spores were released," said Dr. Arturo Casadevall, an infectious disease researcher who proposed last month that air thick with fungal spores after the meteor hit could have overwhelmed animals' immune systems, causing sickness and death... "It's just a beautifully creative suggestion," said Nicholas Money, a mycologist, or mold expert, from Miami University of Ohio and author of "Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores: A Natural History of Toxic Mold." ...Casadevall, of Albert Einstein College of New York... has long been troubled by the lives of warm-blooded animals, who must live a virtual food-finding mission because they burn so many calories each day just heating their bodies. Cold-blooded animals, on the other hand, need only eat once every few days... Fungal infections rarely give mammals more than a mildly irritating case of athlete's foot or a yeast infection but are often deadly to plants, fish, and insects... Researchers last year discovered fossil evidence of a post-collision "fungal spike," and in a world dense with potentially pathogenic fungi, warm-blooded animals might have had a unique advantage.
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Mold spores? Magic mushrooms? Mildewed bathtub tile? Deadly insurance rates for homeowners? Penicillin?
Oh Jake a snake!
Interesting theory but still just a theory.
You mean this isn't Bush's fault??? Now I'm really confused.
"Planet Covered with Deadly Fungus; Women and Minorities Hardest Hit"
Weed season. First pass spraying almost done. New puppy too.
Transplanting for the next two weeks as well.
4,000 down, 2,000 to go at about 250 per day.
Then firewood, weeding, mulching, weeding, more drainage projects, collecting seed, and starting over.
Tending God's garden takes a lot of work.
I have five new puppies. Just today they tore up the newly planted tomato plants.
Dax hasn't been that creative, yet. I caught her tearing up a hemp doormat today and gave her the puppy-shake. Busted her once digging a hole, but that's about it.
She's really cute, very smart, alert, curious, and bone-headed Dutch Shepherd. Thinks she's God's gift.
The ears are back up now and the brindling is coming in. Eats a lot. Plays a lot. Torments the cat. Gets whacked. Keeps on coming.
Just updating the GGG info, not sending a general distribution.
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I think it is far more likely that a major meteor strike(s) destroyed the ozone layer and they died of skin cancer. Probably the reason that alligators which hide in hollows under mud banks, feathered birds, smail hairy mammels, etc. survived in sufficient quantities to replenish the earth.
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