The End of the World, a 2017 book by Peter Brannen, suggests that the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs flung debris into space that carried along dinosaur bones — all of which settled on the moon.
Brannen, an award-winning science journalist, writes that the asteroid was larger than Mount Everest and came crashing through the atmosphere 20 times faster than a speeding bullet. The extract from the book was shared on Twitter by blogger Matt Austin and it soon went viral.
The extract describes the violent asteroid as it ripped a hole of outer space vacuum in the atmosphere 66 million years ago. The debris flying into orbit and ‘bits of dinosaurs’ may have been mixed up in the enormous volume of earth that was expelled into space.
The book includes comments from geophysicist Mario Rebolledo at the Centro de Investigación who told Brannen: ‘The pressure of the atmosphere front of the asteroid started excavating the crater before it even got there.
The book says the scene witnessed 66 million years ago was nowhere near what we see in Hollywood films that usually show a brilliant ball of fire streaking across the sky. Debris was expelled from the impact that was mixed with dinosaur bones. With this in mind, the scientists say there are probably bones on the moon.
Although there is no evidence to support claims in ‘The End of the World,’ scientists have been able to piece together the events that unfolded. The asteroid left a 120-mile-wide crater at the disaster zone, vaporizing rock and sending billions of tons of sulfur and carbon dioxide into the prehistoric skies.