Photo by Immanuel Giel (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
65 million years ago a massive asteroid hit the Earth and wiped out all the dinosaurs.
Or so the story goes.
But were T-Rex and all of his humungous reptilian buddies really killed off by a big rock that smacked the planet, kicked up a lot of dust and blotted out the Sun?
Some who’ve researched the question doubt this version of events. In fact they straight-up don’t believe it.
But their skepticism isn’t based on their affection for a competing extinction theory. It has nothing to do with the standard creationist assertion that dinosaurs and humans actually lived at the same time, either.
No, these folks say dinosaurs never existed at all, meaning nothing killed them off because they weren’t around to be killed. These heretics say scientists invented the dinosaur category and reassembled random fossils taken from dozens of different species to prove their bogus hypothesis.
The more religiously-oriented members of the group suspect the fraud was perpetrated to prop up evolution and obfuscate the true story of how and when God created the universe (without giant lizards and only six thousand years ago). Others say fossil-hunting scientists working for universities and museums concocted the hoax for glory and money.
But both sides agree that skeletal-fossil reconstructions have been fudged. They cite numerous examples of paleontologists caught making claims that don’t stand up to scrutiny, and they triumphantly point out the number of officially recognized dinosaur species has dropped by one-third since the effort began to expose these errors.
The declaration that dinosaurs never existed undoubtedly sounds like a fantasy conjured up by scientific illiterates with far too much time on their hands. That knee-jerk reaction is understandable, but we have to remember that mainstream scientists often twist the facts to protect their pet theories and prevent anomalies from blowing their officially sanctioned theories to smithereens. So when we hear an apparently crazy idea, like the theory that dinosaurs never existed, being promulgated, an open mind is probably called for on at least some occasions.
This, however, is not one of those occasions. The evidence that dinosaurs existed millions of years ago is overwhelming and incontrovertible.
Internet Idiocy and the Power of Wishful Thinking
Unfortunately the Internet is infested with Sherlock Holmes-wannabes who think an alleged oddity here or there is enough to prove that every mass killing is a false flag, that the Holocaust was a hoax, that the Moon is a hologram or that the Earth really is flat – or that the dinosaurs never existed.
Claiming that dinosaurs never existed because paleontologists sometimes exaggerate or misinterpret evidence is the quintessential example of missing the forest for the trees. No scientist is perfect and a few misidentified dinosaur species among hundreds that have been accurately identified proves nothing.
On the Internet people can find “evidence” to support whatever they want to believe. Sometimes we believe in conspiracy theories because they’re true, but other times we’re attracted to them because they are scandalous and forbidden and help relieve our feelings of boredom and powerlessness. They flatter us by giving us the chance to enter the ranks of the enlightened, superior to all the “sheeple” who accept whatever pabulum the mainstream media pukes out.
This desire to prove our bravery by defying conventional wisdom makes us vulnerable to hucksters who know what we want to hear and are more than happy to say it. In the current anti-intellectual climate bizarre non-starters like “the dinosaurs never existed” can actually spread and gain followers, despite their inherent absurdity and total disconnection with reality.
So wake up and smell the coffee, people. Of course the dinosaurs existed! There’s lots of fossils that prove it and besides, if there weren’t any dinosaurs how could some of them still be alive and swimming around in Loch Ness today?