What If the Asteroid Had Been 10 Seconds Late

What If the Asteroid Had Been 10 Seconds Late


Oh boy! You wake up because the ground is shaking. Ah, nothing new – a Diplodocus has just passed
by your house. You look out of the window – oh, no! Yet another T-Rex chasing your doggy! Nope, you haven’t somehow come round in Jurassic
Park. That’s what your life would’ve been if the
asteroid had hit Earth just several seconds later. Yep, I mean the very asteroid that collided
with our planet about 65 million years ago, causing havoc across the globe and wiping
dinosaurs out. But it turns out that if this asteroid had
fallen a mere 10 seconds later, you wouldn’t recognize the Earth these days. Let’s see what your day in this new (even
though only for you) world would look like! You open your eyes in the morning and immediately
shut them again because the colors are too bright, and sunlight hurts your unprepared
eyes. Well, it might be surprising for you, but
it’s nothing new for the people who were born and live on the planet alongside dinosaurs! The thing is that dinos had a color vision,
and it was more difficult for them to blend in. That’s why there were very few animals colored
black and white, like modern zebras. Most dinos were multicolored, which helped
them to hide in the environment they lived in. For example, field dinosaurs were most likely
of different shades of green to blend into the grassy background. But dinos being so great at camouflaging themselves
made human vision much sharper. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have been able to
notice well-disguised animals. Anyway, still pondering on your advanced eyesight,
you get up from your bed and almost step on a cat-sized creature. It manages to dash from under your foot at
the last moment. Shocked, you look at the creature, and it
stares back at you with apparent indignation. I’m afraid I have to break it to you: that’s
your pet dino. And although the thing is tiny, it’s also
very smart. In the real world, before the asteroid hit
Earth, the biggest part of the planet was covered with tropical forests. Vegan dinosaurs roaming there were huge, slow,
and clumsy. Most plants on their diet were ferns and conifers,
such as pine-trees, firs, and yews. This food wasn’t filling and took a lot of
time to digest. That’s why dinosaurs had to eat tons of leaves
to keep going. But in our imaginary world, the asteroid let
dinosaurs live to see the in nutritious plants evolve into something much better — flowering
plants, berries, and fruit. This food was much easier to digest and way
more filling. It means that there was no need for dinos
to grow so gigantic. They were becoming smaller and smaller until
a big part of them moved to live on trees and started to drink nectar. People managed to tame some of these miniature
animals — that’s where the pet you found under your bed comes from! But even though you’re unprepared and bewildered,
you can’t spend the whole day locked inside. So, you open your wardrobe and stare for a
minute at weird-looking bright clothes. Lots of them have dino prints, and others
are decorated with unusual patterns. You choose a more or less discreet outfit
and step outside… Oh my, look at that! Never in your life have you seen so many unusual
animals. Soon, you find out that the survival of dinosaurs
changed not only the Earth’s history but also the history of the human race. By following their evolutionary route, dinos
prevented mammals from evolving and developing. That’s why in the dino-world, people appeared
much later than in our real world. On the Earth you’re used to, Antarctica got
separated from South America some 34 million years ago. It influenced the direction of ocean currents
and made the world a much colder and drier place. On the bright side, there started to appear
fields and grass-eating hoofed mammals (such as the ancestors of modern-day deer and antelopes),
as well as predators hunting them (like lions, wolves, or cheetahs). Besides, some species evolved into hordes
of small bouncy animals that found it very comfortable and safe to hide in dense grass. As for the world where you’re now, even though
the asteroid was several seconds late, the planet was developing pretty much in the same
way. Antarctica and South America still split,
and fields were still swarming with lively beaked or horned animals — but these animals
were herbivore dinosaurs! They were hunted by dangerous predators: carnivorous
dinos. As for the hoofed animals, mammals, and most
predators that live on our planet today, they didn’t appear at all. You also find out that dinosaurs have evolved
into thousands of different kinds and species. There are tiny dinos that spend most of their
time in holes and burrows, just like our moles and lizards. Some dinosaurs lost their plumage and grew
fur. The plumage of others, on the contrary, became
thicker and denser. A big part of ancient reptiles and dinosaurs
left the land and chose to live in seas and oceans, adapting to the underwater lifestyle
and growing fins. And right now, brace yourself! Because over there, not so far away, you see
a group of two-footed compact dinosaurs walking toward you. They seem to be wearing something that resembles
clothes, and they’re… talking to each other? Oh, don’t panic! Those are the descendants of Troodons — dinosaurs
with a surprisingly big brain. Since this species wasn’t wiped out by the
asteroid disaster, Troodons slowly but surely evolved into sentient beings. They have arms and hands that they skillfully
use, but their language sounds like birds’ chirping. At the same time, most descendants of ancient
reptiles haven’t evolved into thinking beings. They adapted to civilization just as animals
in our real world did. People have domesticated some of them, others
live in natural reserves, and the rest try to stay close to people, just like pigeons
or rats. You can’t help but notice some other difference
between life in our world and the one in the world full of dinosaurs. For example, since there are no cows and other
hoofed animals, and dinos can’t produce milk, there are no dairy products in supermarkets. Or if there are some, they’re considered to
be something exotic and cost a fortune. Culture is different as well, and you can
notice these dissimilarities in everything, from fashion to comic-book heroes. That’s why instead of admiring Spiderman,
people are crazy about T-Rexman. Well, it sounds like an amazing world — and
so different from the one we live in! Sound off in the comments below whether you
would want to sneak a peek at the dino-Earth! But I wonder: how could just one event that
didn’t happen change the fate of the whole planet so much? Remember I mentioned that ill-fated asteroid? By crashing into Earth, it caused an abrupt
temperature drop and the disappearance of three-fourths of all animal species that were
living on our planet at that time. But if the asteroid had fallen several seconds
later, it would have landed in the deep ocean. The water would have taken the edge off the
collision, and the hit wouldn’t have had such dramatic consequences. That’s why most dinosaurs would have survived. At the same time, they would have had to adapt
to the rapidly changing climatic conditions very fast. But it didn’t happen. The asteroid fell exactly where it fell, and
the Earth’s atmosphere didn’t manage to slow it down, what with the invader being as big
as it was! It hit the ground at the speed of 20 miles
per second and blew clouds of dust, soil, and rocks into the air. This debris not only went up to the upper
layers of the atmosphere but also reached space. Huge amounts of dust completely blocked sunlight
for weeks and months on end. Lots of plants couldn’t survive these conditions
and disappeared, disrupting the food chain. Rocks that were hurled into the atmosphere
in the first hours after the collision returned to Earth in the form of burning fireballs. They heated the surface of the planet to boiling
temperatures, and even though it lasted just for several minutes, it was enough to wipe
out most animals and plants. Sea inhabitants were more protected from the
disastrous after-effects of the collision. But not for long. Plankton couldn’t live without sunlight, and
when it disappeared, small fish that fed on it didn’t survive either. Of course, with the number of smaller fish
getting lower every day, bigger sea predators had less and less food until there was none
left. Those animals who were hibernating during
the moment of impact or lived in burrows survived, but they also had a hard time trying to fend
off hunger. As for the poor dinos… well, you don’t see
any around these days, do you? Yeah, the Dinos are pretty sore(saur) about
that. Hey, if you learned something new today, then
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100 thoughts on “What If the Asteroid Had Been 10 Seconds Late

  1. humans wont exist because without the dinos the small mammals became dominant and evolved into humans but if you had dinos than we would still be shrew like creatures

  2. Even if the Dino survived they probably would just become extinct because of people hunting them

  3. If the asteroid had been 10 seconds late, and hit a region of deep ocean, it still would have hit with a tremendous power – the fact it was liquid would not have mattered to the asteroid, and turned most of it to dust. Rather than sending earth into the atmosphere, it would have sent water – TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS of water. That would have precipitated out into rain – possibly snow in polar regions, within a few years. It still would have blocked out the sun for some time (think dark storm clouds), but a little later, water vapor is a greenhouse gas, so it would have warmed everything up then (sooner), overshot, and caused things to become extinct from global warming. This wouldn't have lasted long either, since water will not stay in the atmosphere for a great deal of time.

    We have pet dinosaurs! Everyone with a canary or a parrot has one. Or a backyard chicken. We look out the window and see plenty more – from pigeons to robins. We feed some, shoot others (for food or because they're a nuisance).

    Instead of a turkey dinner, an evolved dino, we might have Kentucky Fried T-rex, and a single T-rex would feed ALL of the homeless and hungry in a large city.

  4. Well …

    The Great Flood wiped out most dinosaurs. Then the Ice Age. The asteroid probably had something to do with it, but it wasn't the primary reason.

  5. What if we used 100 percent of our brains

    Bright side : what if the astroid was 10sec late
    Me : Dinosaurs would live 10sec more
    Oh yeah this is big brain time.

  6. If the Dinos will eventually evolve to human-like creatures then wouldn’t other animals? Like cats, dogs, butterflies? Do we look like them? Do we have wings? Science hello.

  7. If you were in Minnesota or Wisconsin when the asteroid hit, would you hear the collision? Would you see the asteroid coming through the atmosphere?

  8. I got stupider watching this. This is the first video I've watched for this channel and it's clear why it has millions of subs: it's an entertainment channel pretending to be a science channel, for idiots. Meanwhile actual science channels exist and aren't promoted. This is why Nihilism exists.

  9. Not gonna lie, I’m mad confused After watching this video and upset that I sat almost ten minutes thinking something new would’ve happened, knowing they would’ve just died 10 seconds later 🥴 like, what was the point?

    I’m unsubscribing from this nonsense.

  10. There is no reason for them to evolve the only way for them to be able to speak would be larger brains but the Easley est way to get a bigger brain is to get better eyesight why would they need that? And being bipedal has nothing to do with intelligence generally it comes from not being able to see overtall grass

  11. “Oh Boy You Wake Up Because The Ground Is Shaking”

    Me: Ugh What Else Is New To Wake Up For Early In The Moring Besides School.

  12. So you ain't gonna explain why the asteroid being later changes this all? You just gonna keep writing your fantasy alternate reality

  13. Most of this video seems to be based on outdated hypothesis. Specifically the bipedal dinos idea. Not a lot of science backs that idea up.

  14. There was no vegan dinosaurs!! (2:00) they were either herbivore, omnivore, carnivore. Vegans don't just eat only plants, they don't support the exploitation and abuse of animals. I doubt dinosaurs cared about animal rights.

  15. What if the asteroid was 10 seconds late?

    I would have big pp and the education system would be fixed but no, none of that is possible.

  16. Some baseless assumptions about human vision in the opening sequence… followed by odd assumptions about human evolution… assumptions (some cancelling each other out) about plate tectonics being changed on a large scale… graphics that don't match the species being talked about… only partially correct information about the asteroid impact (some outright wrong)… It's videos like this that are screwing up science education.

  17. How do we actually know if the dinosaurs were destroyed by a asteroid, like do we know where the asteroid at or what I really wanna know this

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