Chief Executive of SpaceX and Self acclaimed Technoking Elon Musk has once against stirred the internet with his wild remark. Whether or not dinosaurs could have avoided extinction millions of years ago, still remains a heavy discussion topic across the scientific community. However, in his latest tweet, the tech billionaire blatantly claimed that the prehistoric beings would surely have been around if they had spaceships.
If only they had spaceships, they’d still be around— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 26, 2021
Musk’s tweet came in response to a dinosaur meme, which he had previously shared on his Twitter feed. Immediately after it was shared, Musk's comments triggered comments from the internet community. A user reckoned that maybe the dinosaurs had a spaceship and left the planet, others dismissed it as another 'fun thought.'
Maybe the opposite. They had spaceships & left :)— Mike McCulloch (@memcculloch) May 26, 2021
But how would they fly it?— David Gokhshtein (@davidgokhshtein) May 26, 2021
Imagine @elonmusk living in the Cretaceous Period.— Altcoin Daily (@AltcoinDailyio) May 26, 2021
Would have wiped out the dinosaurs with a single tweet.
While the theory of human-level technological advancement in the dino community seem like a wild theory, Musk's claims otherwise have had the same touch of being unreal. Many times in the past, the tech billionaire has expressed his desire to establish a permanent human presence on the red planet with starship rockets carrying humans to and from Mars. Earlier this month, he went a step ahead by asserting that not only do humans need to colonize Mars but also have a present base on the moon in order to become a “spacefaring civilization.”
While the extinction of dinosaurs is largely blamed on a colossal asteroid collision, earlier this year, a team of experts claimed that catastrophic volcanic activities also played a part. In a research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, experts stressed that the release of harmful gasses from a volcano in India resulted in the species’ disappearance.
For this purpose, they collected samples from the Deccan Traps, an igneous province of west-central India that was once a massive lava field. In the aftermath of their analysis, they concluded that intense volcanic activity that jolted the area, tens of thousands of years ago could be a plausible cause of the extinction. If the volcanism theory was true, the amount of CO2 released by the volcanic activity would have been massive, flooding the atmosphere with the gas and causing global temperatures to rise as a result. Experts further touted that even a change of a few degrees would have been enough to trigger a chain reaction that caused the food chain to collapse.